Councilman LaBonge helped your Los Angeles Fire Department celebrate the Grand Opening of Fire Station 82 at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue on June 2nd. Also on-hand for the ceremony were Fire Chief Brian Cummings, Los Angeles' Chief Engineer Gary Lee Moore, Fire Commission President Genethia Hudley Hayes and Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security Eileen Atkins. Hundreds of people from the community turned-out for the dedication ceremony, which featured food and entertainment, static displays of fire and rescue equipment, as well as a chance to tour one of southern California's newest fire stations. "82's" is a safe, appealing and energy-efficient facility which has underground parking, a "green" rooftop and three-story construction. Four firefighters and two firefighter/paramedics will work each day at the new fire station 82, serving a 2 square-mile area that comprises high density and commercial and residential properties, the busy 101 freeway, the Red Line subway corridor, television studios, entertainment venues, tourist sites and a portion of massive Griffith Park and the iconic "HOLLYWOOD" Sign. The crews of "82's" also have responsibility to patrol the High Fire Severity Zones of the Hollywood Hills. Fire Station 82 was built using voter-approved Proposition F Funds, replacing a 61-year old facility on North Bronson Avenue, which will now be converted into a multi-purpose room and areas designed for efficient maintenence and rapid deployment of reserve apparatus, now being constructed in a nearly 6,000 square-foot, two-story annex under construction on the site of the former station on Bronson Avenue.