New Irvine Fire Station
The new station will support Irvine's stellar reputation for safety by reducing response times, saving lives and ensuring the safety of residents of the Great Park Neighborhoods as well as visitors to the Great Park.
The program included a welcome by Greg McKeown, division chief of the Orange County Fire Authority. The invocation was given by the OCFA Chaplain Duncan McColl.
Councilmember Melissa Fox spoke from the podium about the new fire station's role in continuing to keep Irvine among the safest and most-protected cities in the nation. She also participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Bob Blankman, a former Marine who was stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in 1943, had the honor of holding the scissors. Assisting him were city officials and police and fire staff.
Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel as well as Fire Chief Brian Fennessy also offered remarks about the safety milestone that Fire Station 20 represents for the city.