Yucaipa City Council met on Aug. 24 and one of the items on the agenda was the acceptance of contract work completed by Air Exchange, Inc. for furnishing and installing the Vehicle Exhaust Removal System (VERS) at the Yucaipa Fire Station No. 2. It also approved the payment for the project in the amount of $56,976.67 and authorized the recording of the Notice of Completion for the record.
Station No. 2 currently houses three full-time engines with seven personnel. In 2019 the resources at this facility responded to over 1,900 calls for service.
Yucaipa Fire Station No. 2 is located at 34664 Yucaipa Blvd. west of 13th Street. It was put into service in 1979. Over the years this facility has gone through numerous renovations and retrofits. In 2015, a seismic retrofit/tenant improvement project included seismically retrofitting the building structure, addressing several maintenance issues including flooring, kitchen and restroom enhancements, painting and ADA access site improvements. These improvements will ultimately extend the life of the structure.
The remaining improvement to be completed was the installation of a VERS in the emergency vehicle bays. VERS ensures clean air in the work environment of firefighters. Diesel engines used in fire trucks, produce a mixture of toxic gasses and particulates from the combustion process. Today’s VERS are a critical component in maintaining a fire station atmosphere that is free of the particulates and gases present in diesel engine emissions. Removing vehicle exhaust keeps the firefighters and facility safe, healthy and in good working order. Repeated exposure to hazardous and carcinogenic exhaust fumes at lower levels can lead to health issues over time. The installation of VERS meets federal regulations for the removal of toxic byproducts of combustion. Yucaipa Fire Station No. 3 is also equipped with a VERS.
On May 27, city council awarded a contract to Air Exchange, Inc for the purchase and installation of a VERS in the amount of $56,976.67. The installation has been completed.
The approved FY2019/2020 Capital Outlay Request Account included funding in the amount of $57,000 for the equipment. The total actual cost of the equipment was less than allowed leaving a savings of $23.33. Staff is recommending that the cost savings/remaining balance be returned to the Fire Facilities account.
Supporting documents are available for public view on the city of Yucaipa website at yucaipa.org.