New emergency center replaces the ruins of Porterville library

Senator Melissa Hurtado secures $10 million for Porterville in order to build a new Emergency Operations Center intended to enhance city fire and police capabilities

PORTERVILLE – The city of Porterville will build a new public safety operations center where two of their firefighters perished just two years ago thanks to some generous funding from their state senator. 

Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Bakersfield) secured $10 million for the city of Porterville to build a new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in place of where the former library once stood. The library was destroyed in a fire that killed fire captain Ramon Figueroa and firefighter Patrick Jones in 2020. The new EOC building will not only provide an essential public safety service, but will also have a memorial to honor both Figueroa and Jones. Senator Hurtado presented the $10 million check to the city of Porterville on Oct. 11. 

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