February 10, 2010 > Meet the new firehouse
Meet the new firehouse
By William Mancebo
Photos By William Mancebo
On January 7, 2010 The Niles district Fremont Fire Fighters moved in to their new home at 37299 Niles Boulevard.
After 58 years at the previous location on Second Street, Fire Station #2 received a much needed relocation and upgrade. The old station was built in 1952 as a volunteer fire house four years before the City of Fremont organized the Fremont Fire Department in 1956. It was actually the third volunteer fire house built in Niles; the other two at the east end of Niles Blvd.
The new fire facility provides the latest in modern technology to assist firefighters with their duties and comes complete with a brass pole connection between first and second floor. Although the station is a 5500 sq ft, state-of-the-art facility, it still has a little bit of good old Niles history in it. An aesthetically pleasing exterior offers a few randomly placed bricks on its walls originally cast at the old 1926 Niles Kraftile factory. Look closely and you will find NILES embossed in these bricks that add to the character of this "new" old friend.
Station #2 houses a total of nine firemen - three on duty per shift. You'll also find engine #52 designed to combat structural fires along with #352, a wildland engine for field fires. It stands ready to protect Niles canyon and surrounding hilly terrain.
Niles Firehouse grand opening
Wednesday, February 17
37299 Niles Blvd., Fremont
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.