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San Ramon Planning Commission to review new fire training facility

Facility to help prepare SRVFPD personnel for emergency situations

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to review plans for a new San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District training facility during its regular meeting on Tuesday, a facility that fire officials say is vitally important in ensuring the district is adequately prepared for emergencies.

Located at 1500 Bollinger Canyon Road on the southeast corner of Bollinger Canyon and Crow Canyon Roads, according to city staff the proposed facility would consist of a new classroom complex building, a 45-foot-tall training tower, a pump house, roof prop, and other “below grade training props.”

The proposed training facility would also be secured with 6-foot-tall metal perimeter fence and gates.

“The SRVFPD has been seeking opportunities for a training facility for many years,” associate planner Shinei Tsukamoto said in a staff report. “The SRVFPD has indicated that the new training facility will also be available for San Ramon Police Department training.”

On Aug. 20, and Sept. 17, 2019, the Planning Commission held public concept reviews for the new training facility in order to review the proposed project and provide planners with guidance on how to most effectively design the facility.

After taking public comment and reviewing the conceptual design, city officials say the proposed project would not result in any significant effects related to traffic in the area, noise or air quality -- some training exercises would require fire staff to use theatrical smoke.

Generally training activities will be scheduled on Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., with evening training sessions scheduled to occur three times a year -- although no evening training will be scheduled past 10 p.m. according to city staff.

The proposed project will also remove the existing 20,000 square foot administration office building and portion of the parking lot currently located on the property, and administrative facilities will be relocated to the upcoming joint police and fire department headquarters that would be located at the San Ramon Police Department's current headquarters on 2401 Crow Canyon Road. Tsukamoto noted that the existing trees located along the streets in the area will be preserved by the project.

The Planning Commission is set to meet for its regular meeting on Tuesday, 7 p.m. in the San Ramon City Hall Council Chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business

During its Tuesday meeting the Planning Commission will also hold a study session in order to review preliminary draft development standards for the Village Center Mixed Use designation, which guides the development of the 128-acre office and service commercial area in San Ramon.

As a full buildout of the Crow Canyon area is expected to take place incrementally over many years, city staff say a vision is needed now in order to guide future investment and new development within the area in order to “avoid piecemeal decisions and foreclosed opportunities.”

A public review draft of the updated plan is expected to be released in the spring of 2020, with a full adoption estimated to take place in the summer of 2020.

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42 people like this
Posted by Thomas Ranch Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 4, 2020 at 1:47 pm

It is absolutely unacceptable to build a Fire Training Facility in the middle of residential area. Even though "city officials say the proposed project would not result in any significant effects related to traffic in the area, noise or air quality" obviously this is not true. There is a good reason why all the existing similar training facilities are located outside of predominantly residential areas. The San Ramon Planning Commission should not approve this project unless their intention is to expose the residents in the surrounding area to potentially harmful chemicals, noise, increased traffic of large fire engines, diesel exhaust.

The most impacted will be families with children, elderly and sick.

Nobody argues with the fact that firefighters need a good training facility but it should be build at an appropriate location, rural area or a business park.

38 people like this
Posted by Thomas Ranch resident - Pradera Way
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 4, 2020 at 2:18 pm

We respect the SRVFD and their firefighters, but the proposed
training center in the middle of a quiet neighborhood is not the correct spot to hold daily and Sat training. We don’t want to hear
all the training noise, all the traffic with fire engines coming and going, a huge 4 story fire tower right at a strategic corner of San Ramon.
Along with, if the SRVFD and Police Services eventually intend to combine their training at this very small training location, it will need a much larger area than at the proposed spot.

The Planning Commission needs to consider all of this, and
ask that the proposal be turned down at this time.
Thank you -

35 people like this
Posted by Rebecca Lifton
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 4, 2020 at 3:36 pm

Will not attend due to sickness : STRONGLY APPOSED

36 people like this
Posted by Rebecca Lifton
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 4, 2020 at 3:48 pm

I am Board member of Thomas Ranch have lived in this community for the past 15 years & I STRONGLY OPPOSE this project. It should be built in a remote area & not in the middle of town, with so many inhabitants around.

Thanks you.

Will not be able to be present due to illness.

36 people like this
Posted by Thomas Ranch Resident - Pradera Way also
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 4, 2020 at 3:52 pm

San Ramon Planning Commissioners should acknowledge that to date all public opinion expressed concerning this proposed training facility has been firmly against it's construction at the intersection of Crow Canyon and Bollinger Canyon. The current configuration at this location - the SRVFD Administration Building and San Ramon Fire Station 38 - should remain as is as this is clearly NOT the appropriate site for the type of facility under review. There are many unanswered questions regarding noise pollution, traffic impact, parking and overall suitability that need to be honestly explored and presented to the public. No question our Fire Fighters and Police Men and Women deserve the best facility possible for training and readiness preparedness - to cram this type of facility into this footprint is unacceptable for the purposes intended. And we all know the City of San Ramon can afford to locate this facility elsewhere and more appropriate than a bucolic quiet residential area.
The Planning Commission seriously needs to listen to community input and demand full disclosure from those proposing this facility - please do not approve the placement of the proposed Training Facility in this location. What if it was your neighborhood? Thank you - another very concerned citizen, voter and resident of San Ramon.

34 people like this
Posted by Charly
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 4, 2020 at 4:33 pm

I strongly believe that any training facility should be built on a remote place not near the residential area. The council members should reconsider the planner's recommendation and question if the neighbor residents were agreeing to the associate planner...

29 people like this
Posted by David D.
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 4, 2020 at 5:27 pm

My family, neighbors and I, residents of Thomas Ranch, do NOT support the training facility being built at the proposed location in San Ramon.

We have a pleasant and quiet community. We do not want the additional traffic, noise and pollution that will accompany the facility. Numerous well respected publications and firefighting professionals have stated that training facilities of this nature should be built as far away from residential communities as possible (sources and links provided at the September 2019 meeting).

The proposed location is a poor location for a training facility. This is evident by the significant restrictions already included in the proposal. If this facility is built, our firefighters will only be able to train with theatrical smoke. Our firefighters deserve a training facility where they can have real-life training.

26 people like this
Posted by David D.
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 4, 2020 at 11:26 pm

The San Ramon Planning Commission (Rick Marks, Gary Alpert, Howard Frank, Jean Kuznik and Eric Wallis) voted unanimously tonight to approve SRVFD Chief Meyer’s Outdoor Training Facility at 1500 Bollinger Canyon Rd. San Ramon, CA.

The local residents, of which I am one, unanimously voiced their opposition to the facility at the meeting. Paramount among the concerns were the additional traffic, noise and incongruent visual impact of the facility. Another concern strongly voiced was that this training facility would not serve the SRVFD or community as the location was too small and that NO live fire training could be conducted.

(Live-fire training provides firefighters with needed experience. Under live-fire conditions, firefighters can view the phases of fire and its development; the physical changes of fuel and the build-up of combustible gases. Firefighters learn the various types of nozzle patterns and their effect on thermal layering, and how visibility can be changed by upsetting the thermal layer. Running live-fire training on the scene of a working fire (structures and vehicles) will ensure that operations will run smoothly and safely at a time when you can’t afford to make mistakes!)

This site is not the right location and the residents implored the planning commission to take the time to search for a better one to no avail. The legacy of this planning commission is now that San Ramon will have a brand new but very ineffective training facility. The community loses and the SRVFD loses!

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