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NEW FIRE STATION ON WAY; NORTH RANCH TO GET IMPROVED RESPONSE.



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Ventura County is planning to spend $2 million to add some fire protection muscle to its eastern reaches, including building the first fire station in the North Ranch ranch, large farm devoted chiefly to raising and breeding cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. The cattle ranch was introduced from Latin America to Texas and the plains of the W United States and Canada.  area of Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. .

Drawing from Fire Protection District trust funds, supervisors on Tuesday are expected to appropriate $1.58 million for construction of a new 7,000- to 7,500-square-foot facility at Kanan and Upper Ranch roads, a new engine to be housed in the single-bay facility and additional equipment.

An additional $465,000 from the county's trust fund is also expected to be used to buy a new engine and make improvements to Station 42 in Moorpark.

Fire officials hope to sell one of Moorpark's older engines for about $7,500.

With construction of the new station, firefighters will be able to maintain a response time under five minutes for North Ranch and the Lang Ranch development area in east Thousand Oaks.

``It's important as far as response time,'' said Dave Festerling, the county's deputy fire chief.

Those areas are served by stations 31 and 36 on Duesenberg Drive and in Oak Park, respectively. Both stations are several miles away from the North Ranch and Lang Ranch areas.

Construction of the North Ranch station will necessitate ne·ces·si·tate  
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1. To make necessary or unavoidable.

2. To require or compel.
 the hiring of nine additional full-time personnel, to be funded in the fiscal year 1998-99 budget.

``The trust fund fee money does not pay for ongoing operating expenses Operating expenses

The amount paid for asset maintenance or the cost of doing business, excluding depreciation. Earnings are distributed after operating expenses are deducted.
,'' said Abbe Cohen cohen
 or kohen

(Hebrew: “priest”) Jewish priest descended from Zadok (a descendant of Aaron), priest at the First Temple of Jerusalem. The biblical priesthood was hereditary and male.
, the fire district's fiscal manager.

The fire district has been eyeing a new station in North Ranch since the mid-1980s, when Prudential Prudential is the name of two different companies and buildings named after them:

Companies:
  • Prudential plc is a United Kingdom-based financial services company.
  • Prudential Financial, Inc.
 Insurance Co. of America gave the city $450,000 to pay for a portion of the costs as well as the two-thirds-acre parcel on which the building will sit.

The company has been developing that area for two decades.

But Thousand Oaks officials did not have enough money in the trust fund until recently.

The trust fund was established by the county in 1983, accumulating money from developers' fees to pay for fire protection improvements from Camarillo east to the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  County line.

Thousand Oaks adopted the measure but set up its own account, despite the fact that no money may be spent without supervisors' approval and that the money in the account could be used for improvements outside the city.

That trust fund contains only $1 million, however, so the station could not be constructed without Prudential's help.
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