Sanger fire station lands $850K upgrade

An $850,000 grant supported by Congressman Costa will fuel fire station remodel and renovation

Sanger Fire Department, located at 601 West Ave. Sanger, CA 93657 (Kenny Goodman)
Darren Fraser
Published March 12, 2024  • 
12:00 pm

SANGER – Sanger has the House Appropriations Committee (Committee) and Congressman Jim Costa to thank for a $850,000 grant that will fund the remodel and renovation of the city’s fire station. The grant is part of over $12 million for local projects in the Valley for fiscal year 2024.

According to Committee guidelines, every House member can request funds for up to 15 projects in their congressional district for fiscal year 2024. There are restrictions, including the availability of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and certain nonprofits are eligible for the grants. Costa’s office received dozens of funding requests for this fiscal year.

The funding was secured through the Community Project Funding process. According to a March 6 press release, the funding “will respond directly to some of the most pressing needs in Fresno and Tulare counties.”

In a March 7 press release, Costa said the project – the Fire Station Remodel and Expansion Project – aligns with his vision to help underserved communities advance economically.

“Bringing back federal funding to the San Joaquin Valley is one of my top priorities,” Costa said. “These projects will support underserved communities and foster economic development while providing more opportunities for folks to get ahead. I am proud to have fought for this funding to build stronger, more resilient communities.”

There is no hospital on the eastern side of Fresno County, a fact not lost on Sanger’s new city manager, Nathan Olson.

“Partnering with Congressman Costa on this project has provided critical funding for our city’s fire department,” said Olson. “We not only provide fire and advanced life support services to Sanger, but also residents within eastern Fresno County. The (Sanger) Fire Department provides critical access to advanced emergency care for residents in Sanger and within surrounding communities until they can get to their local hospital.”

The remodel and renovation of the station will include additional space for training, dormitories, storage and coverage parking for fire engines in the rear of the facility.

According to Costa’s press release, the $12 million will finance other Valley Projects, including: $3 million for the Upper Kings Groundwater Resiliency Project; $1.4 to initiate Phase II of the Fresno-Yosemite Airport Terminal Expansion Project; $1 million to help complete a feasibility study to allow the construction of the Seaborn Reservoir Project; $959,752 for Dinuba to expand its sewer capacity; $959,752 for the Visalia Groundwater Basin Project; and $850,000 for the modernization of the Marjaree Mason Center – Community Resource Center. 

It also includes $750,000 for the Traver Sewer System Feasibility Study Project; $500,000 for the Farmersville Streetlamp Project; $500,000 for Fowler Downtown Streetscape Project; $500,000 for Woodlake Mulberry Street Roundabout Project; $500,000 for the Habitat for Humanity Project for Disabled Veterans benefiting disabled and homeless veterans in Tulare County; and $400,000 for the Food to Share Hub Project to sustain healthy food access programs across Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings counties.

Darren Fraser