Station 8 2002

OFD Fire Station 8 (looking south), 463 51st Street, Temescal district, Oakland, Calif. The fire house has been vacated prior to demolition.

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Document Author:
Jeff Norman

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463 51st Street, Oakland Calif.

In 1892, the all-volunteer fire department of the unincorporated town of Temescal built a fire house on Telegraph Avenue near present-day 47th Street. Contributing to the passage in 1897 by Temescal voters of a ballot measure calling for the city of Oakland s annexation of Temescal was the city s promise to provide Temescal with fire protection. Oakland Fire Department (OFD) Engine Company No. 8, opened in 1901 on the north side of 51st Street, between Telegraph Avenue and present-day Clarke Street. The modest, wood frame building was replaced in 1910 with a permanent structure, built on the same site. In 1950, a new, larger fire house was constructed directly across the street, on the south side of 51st Street, and the old structure continued to be used as the OFD s repair shop until it was demolished in the late 1960s in advance of 51st Street being widened to create a feeder route to the new Grove-Shafter Freeway (Highway 24). Plagued by mold, seismically unsafe, and with outdated amenities for crew members (which by the 1970s included women), the new Station 8 fire house was demolished in 2002 to make way for a new facility to be built on the same site. Construction began in March 2002, and the new Station 8 fire house was dedicated in January 2003.

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