Los Angeles County firefighters will soon see important infrastructure upgrades at Castaic’s Del Valle Regional Emergency Training Center. The Board of Supervisors approved the $4.2 million improvement project where fire crews and other emergency personnel prepare themselves for optimal disaster response.
Planned upgrades include a new water storage tank, electrical substation, communications building, and electrical and telecommunications conduits to support existing and future buildings at the facility. Once the project design has been completed, the Department of Public Works will return to the Board of Supervisors with a request to advertise the construction project to prospective bidders.
The 160-acre site is currently used by the County Fire Protection District, in partnership with the College of the Canyons, to conduct training for a variety of live firefighting operations. It also provides classrooms, administrative support buildings, and training areas for the handling of flammable liquids, hazardous materials, urban search and rescue, wild land fire control, and the use of fire extinguishers. Construction is expected to begin in July, 2015, with completion in April 2016.