In the aftermath of recent natural disasters, it’s become clear that power outages threaten facilities across California, including fire departments. The South Placer Fire District in Granite Bay, CA, recognized the risk and concluded that all of their fire facilities needed backup generators to ensure their readiness. That is where CD & Power was asked to step in.
Fire stations are critical infrastructure in any community. Whether responding to emergencies, fighting fires, or providing first aid and emergency medical care, fire stations play a crucial role in keeping our communities safe. Fire stations are also essential to the “first responder” network. Firefighters, police officers, and EMS personnel can be called upon to assist at any time of day or night. When fire stations experience a power outage, first responders can be delayed in reaching their destinations, endangering the people they are trying to help. Therefore, every fire station must be built with backup power.
South Placer Fire District
In 2018, several South Placer Fire District fire stations underwent remodels that included preparing each building for backup power. Plans included necessary electrical work and the installation of transfer switches but stopped short of purchasing necessary backup generators. Therefore, the sites still risked being without power during Public Safety Power Shutoff events – even though they cannot afford to be down!
South Placer Fire District leaders subsequently worked through plans to add backup generators to their fire stations and eventually received a grant to fund the purchase of a generator for one site (District Fire Station 15).
Although the grant was great news, it came with strings attached: the funding had an expiration date, requiring the district to use it quickly or lose it.
Through good fortune, South Placer Fire District officials found CD & Power through a Google search. After reaching out to our team, they were pleased that we followed up quickly and immediately understood what was needed.
Knowing the deadline was looming, CD & Power jumped into action, visiting the site to assess the backup power needs. While the South Placer Fire District plans included detailed specs, district leaders suspected that the practical power demand at the station would be satisfied by a smaller generator than what was in the plan. With our years of expertise, CD & Power was able to confirm their belief and help scope a better, more cost-effective solution.
Acting quickly, we ordered and installed a new generator on time and on budget, all within the time frame required by the grant funding.
“Good communication is key when it comes to a time-sensitive project. CD & Power not only had the equipment we needed and deep expertise in generators, they responded quickly and kept us abreast at every stage of the project.”
Jeff Ingolia, Division Chief & Fire Marshal
This South Placer Fire District site now has its much-needed backup generator, keeping it safe from the possibility of a double disaster.
We Can Help
As Northern California’s largest independent generator service provider, we had the resources and talented team in place to help the South Placer Fire District meet its goals. In addition to selling leading-brand generators, we install, service, repair, and maintain them for Northern California industrial clients from our San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento locations. We also have an extensive rental fleet for temporary power needs.
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