Ventura County Fire Chief George Lund on Friday formally dedicated a new fire station in Simi Valley, which he said cuts response time in the Wood Ranch area from seven minutes to five minutes or less.
The new station, in the 1000 block of Country Club Drive, was built at a cost of $1 million, mostly derived from developer fees, Lund said.
The 8,000-square-foot station, which opened in March, is staffed by three firefighters and is primarily responsible for covering the burgeoning Wood Ranch area, the chief said. There are more than 4,000 residences in the subdivision and more are planned.
Lund said that for two years, an 800-square-foot trailer and adjoining carport served as the official station for Engine Co. 44.
He said the Wood Ranch station is the last of three new stations to be built. A new station in Moorpark opened earlier this year, and another near Seacliff last November.
Lund said there are 32 fire stations in the county and there are no plans at this time to build any more.