Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent
At the Aug. 4 meeting of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, two items related to Station 20, the Upper Ojai Fire Station, were approved. The Supervisors cleared the way for the construction of a new fire station approximately one mile west of the current station and approved plans for the old station to be used as a base for the Upper Ojai Search and Rescue Team.
“This is certainly a logical and appropriate use of the shuttered fire station,” said Supervisor Steve Bennett in a statement to the Ojai Valley News. “The Upper Ojai Search and Rescue Team has proved their tremendous value time and again over the years, and giving them use of the old station would allow the team to consolidate their gear, improve their response time and facilitate their training. While also assuring the building is well maintained and compatible with the neighborhood.”