We are truly fortunate to have a paid-call firefighter station smack dab in the heart of Yosemite Lakes Park. But it’s not only because of location — it’s also one of the best in the state and now is even stronger.

As we reported not long ago in YLP Life, Fire Station 10 has added a structure to house an additional engine and water tender that will soon come on duty. The building’s up, and water and electric are being added, along with an access ramp to the big front doors.

This week, SierraNewsOnline.com published a story announcing that Madera County was closing two fire stations in the region — #17 at O’Neals and #16 at Ahwahnee. That may have frightened some in YLP afraid we might lose ours, too. But that is anything but the case.

You can read the story here: Two County Fire Stations To Be Closed In The Mountain Area

According to Madera County Assistant Fire Chief Matt Watson, the story says, “with Station 10 in YLP being the largest PCF company in the county, they can staff multiple engines and a water tender seven days a week.”

Fire Station 10 Capt. Jack Fulcher said of the expansion: “this is a giant step” for the facility. The firefighters have been preparing for this for a year to respond to an expanded territory left open by the nearby closures. 

“What we’ve done in the past two years….  to move forward has greatly improved.” But, he said, “People in Yosemite Lakes should rest easy — we can have engines responding to their house, timewise, within probably five or six minutes.”

Community involvement continues, he added, with a car wash and bake sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, in the Hillside Supermarket shopping center. Later there will be a Father’s Day pancake breakfast at the Blue Heron Restaurant and an ice cream social at the fire station.