Clovis Fire Station 6 opens for more public safety

Mayor Jose Flores is ready to cut the ribbon for the official opening of Fire Station 6. Fire Station 6 is the newest public safety building to open in the town of Clovis. (Left to right; Councilman Drew Bessinger, City Manager John Holt, Pro-Tem Mayor Lynne Ashbeck, Mayor Jose Flores, Councilman Vong Mouanoutoua, Fire Chief John Binaski) (Photo JT Gomez, Clovis Roundup)

On a humid Saturday morning, September 10, Clovis added its newest public safety building, a new fire station.

The fire station, Clovis Fire Station 6, located just south of Shaw and Leonard streets in Clovis, opened near the community of Loma Vista, and much has been said about how this new fire station is affecting the livelihoods of this part of the Clovis community.

“We believe in public safety. We believe that as a community we can come together and build something for the future, something for ourselves, something to protect our children and our elderly, all of us. What better place to build it than in our new community… We overcome our challenges because we work together, and that’s what this building is all about.

This is a quote from Mayor Jose Flores’ speech to the public who gathered inside the fire station to witness the ribbon cutting and official opening of the building. The station has been in full service for several weeks now.

Clovis Fire Chief John Binaski also addressed the audience with some statistics about the new station.

“The station is approximately 8,900 square feet and will serve a population of 25,000 citizens and approximately five square miles of the city.”

He then mentioned that it cost around $8 million and was paid for mostly by developer impact fees as the town of Clovis grew.

Binaski, Clovis’ fire chief since 2016, also mentioned the surrounding Loma Vista community and Village Green park that he plans to begin work on as early as the week of Sept. 11-17. He then mentioned other features that have been added to the Loma Vista community, including the business development of El Mercado.

Before Binaski left the podium, he thanked a number of people, including retired city worker and former director of planning and development services, Dwight Kroll.

Kroll, the original architect of Clovis Fire Station 6, acknowledged that the vision being realized was an opportunity to see “the character of the community evolve.”

He mentioned that the community had a forward-looking dream of what the Loma Vista community might look like “in a hundred years.”

“I think this fire station and Village Green are symptomatic of that dream and it’s starting to come true.”

The note was repeatedly made that Kroll had initiated the original plans for the barracks on a napkin, to which, when asked about it, he laughed and simply replied, “Yes…We knew we needed a fire station in Loma Vista, and I think what we’ve learned from the fire station in downtown Clovis is that it’s a civic building and it really has a function civic, even beyond providing security services.

Like Kroll, Councilor Drew Bessinger also mentioned that the fire station not only provides security services but is also an example of a center for a community like Loma Vista.

“We’re looking at what Clovis needs twenty years from now, and having these things ready to go puts us in a position where we’re going to be able to keep the community safe…It’s a good thing for Clovis, it’s a good thing for Eastern Fresno County.

According to the City of Clovis website, Fire Station 6 is expected to house one fire truck, one reserve fire truck and a staff of nine firefighters. Primarily serving the community of Loma Vista, Fire Station 6 is the newest public safety vessel to come to the town of Clovis.