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Tuesday, Oct 22 2013 06:00 AM

Proposed Golden Hills fire station, a long time coming

When a fire breaks out in your home or someone is need of emergency medical aid, every minute counts. Soon, the people who live in Golden Hills can rest a little easier.

A new seasonal fire station is in the works in the area, which is anticipated to open by the start of next fire season.

It's in an area that has been in desperate need of a new fire station. There are only three other fire stations in the greater Tehachapi area, including one near downtown, Stallion Springs and Bear Valley.

Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall said it has been a long time coming.

"The whole Tehachapi area continues to grow and it needs a fire station to protect all of the communities," he said.

According to Marshall, the fire department and the Golden Hills Community Services District are currently in the process of acquiring the land, which needs to have access to an arterial road and be situated next to a commercial center or park -- as opposed to residential -- for noise and traffic reasons.

"I think we have a site selected," Marshall said. "But it's too early to tell."

The station will begin as a modular building with a single fire engine and a wildland utility unit.

The station will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week from May 1 to Oct. 1 each year with three personnel, which will include a captain, engineer and firefighter.

Future plans include a permanent structure, which would house an additional ladder truck and staff six firefighters, but Marshall said that is at least three years away.

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