Fresno Fire Department
Station No. 7
Constructed in 1981 and located at 2571 South Cherry near Jensen, Station No. 7 houses an engine company, the department’s Decontamination Trailer and temporarily houses the second type 1 hazmat rig which will eventually be placed at the new constructed station 16.
Station No. 7 acts as a “satellite” station for the Department’s Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT), that is headquartered at Station No. 1 in southeast Fresno. These two units respond along with the Clovis Fire Dept HAZMAT team in a cooperative effort to mitigate the most technical and manpower intensive incidents.
The fact that this station is located in the middle of an industrial area may explain the lack of “architectural creativity” in its design. It fits in well with the warehouses in its district. Station No. 7 has within its area of responsibility some of the huge industrial businesses in southwest Fresno, such as the old FMC chemical plant and the Nissinbo Cotton plant.
Engine No. 7 - The engine is operated by a crew of three.
HAZMAT Decon Trailer - Received early in the year 2000 as part of a national program to increase emergency service agencies abilities to respond to terrorist attacks using Nuclear, Biological or Chemical weapons, (such as the Sarin Gas attack in Tokyo). This unique trailer has the ability to decontaminate as many as 500 people an hour, acting as a walk through “people wash.” While the likelihood of such an attack in the Fresno area is probably pretty remote, the prominent use of pesticides in the agricultural industry of the San Joaquin Valley assures that this unit will come in handy in the years to come.