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replace the 1949 Chevrolet. The truck was fabricated at La Mesa Sheet Metal Shop and at Fire Station #1.

Sept 1981 Sept 1981 1982

Chief R. O. Sever retires after 29 years of service. James O. Orsborn appointed Fire Chief.

Captain Mike Morris leads a team of firemen who build a new light water and foam unit on a new Chevrolet chassis to replace the worn-out International Harvester pick-up. The truck was fabricated at La Mesa Sheet Metal Shop and at Fire Station #1.

1982

Dispatching for the fire department moves from the La Mesa Police Department down to the multiple fire agency dispatch center at El Cajon Fire Department. Fire Stations in the East County are renumbered 1 through 19. La Mesa Fire Stations become Stations 11, 12, and 13.

Aug 1987

The City purchases a new 100 foot aerial truck (elevated platform) to replace the 90 foot Snorkel purchased in 1968. The truck was manufactured in Ephrata, PA by L.T.I., Inc.

Nov 1990

The City purchases two new Pierce fire engines to replace the 1977 and 1978 American LaFrance engines.

Dec 31, 1990 Apr 5, 1991

Chief J. O. Orsborn retires after 46 years of service.

Chris Carlson is appointed Fire Chief. He was hired from Turlock Fire Department.

Nov 1991

The City purchases a new Pierce fire engine to replace the 1976 American Lafrance engine. The American Lafrance is moved into reserve.

June 1995

The City purchases a new rescue truck to replace the light water and foam unit which had been used as a rescue truck since 1982.

June 15, 1998

Douglass Matter is appointed as Fire Chief. He was hired from El Cajon Fire Department.

June 24, 1998

City dedicates new Fire Station 12 at 8844 Dallas Street to replace old Station 12 at 8834 Dallas that was in the path of the extension of State Route 125 Freeway.

July 2000

The City purchases a new Pierce fire engine to replace Engine 11, a 1990 Pierce, which was moved into reserve.

April 2002

The City took delivery of a new Office of Emergency Services (OES) engine to replace OES-192, a 1975 engine. OES Engines are used on major fires throughout the State and funded by OES.

Mar 2004

La Mesa voters approve Proposition D, the Fire, Police, and Emergency Services Measure, with a 76.7% affirmative vote. The approval of Proposition D

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