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New Fire Station to Exhibit Historical Society Artifacts

Fireman’s turnout coat dating from the era of Costa Mesa’s Volunteer Fire Department.

Costa Mesa’s newest fire station, the Royal Palm station, will be dedicated Saturday, September 29 at 10 a.m. This modern facility will serve the Mesa Verde area with the finest in first-responder equipment, training, and personnel. Working with Captains Rob Gagne and Fred McDowell, the Society has loaned a fireman’s turnout coat and helmet to be placed on display in the station’s lobby. Opposite the display case is a wall-sized enlargement of a historical photo of the original Royal Palm Station, designed by former Costa Mesa Mayor Willard T. Jordan.

This fireman’s helmet belonged to Tom Hamilton.

The turnout coat was rescued from the Baker Street station by — you guessed it — Captain Gagne back in 1994. Now, 24 years later, the Society is pleased to loan the coat back to the Fire Department for display. The lobby will be open to the public during regular business hours unless all FD staff is out on calls.