Fire Station 70 set for Spring 2021 completion

Fire Station 70 set for Spring 2021 completion
Fire Station 70 under construction at 23rd Street and Market Avenue in San Pablo (All photos by Mike Kinney)

Construction of Fire Station 70 in San Pablo is scheduled for completion in Spring 2021, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Assistant Fire Chief Lon Goetsch told the city’s council on Monday.

The emerging, state-of-the-art station is located at 23rd Street and Market Avenue. The city and county partnered on both the land and funding to realize the $13 million project.

The groundbreaking took place in April last year. Station 70 will be dedicated in honor of Capt. Matt Burton and Fire Engineer Scott Desmond, who died during a rescue attempt at a burning San Pablo home on July 21, 2007.

Capt. Matt Burton (top left) and Fire Engineer Scott Desmond (bottom left). On right, an image from the groundbreaking ceremony for Fire Station 70 in April 2019.

Station 70 is where Capt. Burton and Engineer Desmond served. It currently operates out of modular buildings at 13928 San Pablo Ave. that were installed in 1992 after the permanent station was damaged after the Loma Prieta earthquake. The facility has been considered aging and inadequate for years.

For more information about the future new fire station, including its amenities, read this blog by Alten Construction, the company that is building it.