Chinatown in downtown Fresno holds a lot of the city’s history, including a fire station that acts as an integral part of the area.
It’s also one of the busiest fire stations in the state, with nearly 4,500 calls a year.
“It’s a humbling experience, one I dont take for granted. I know I’m going to take a lot of different calls,” says Chad Mezzera, firefighter for the City of Fresno.
But it’s not just the sheer volume of calls making this station stand out, they’re in the center of Fresno’s Chinatown, and have been since the 1930s.
“It makes me proud to be a part of history, you still see the hand written call logs dating back to the ’50s,” Mezzera says.
You see the past proudly represented on the walls and even in the call logs books, something they still do to this day.
And it’s a history these firefighters are proud of showcasing.
He says, “Chinatown, it’s history comes from something about poverty. Its really developed into a means of culture to be proud of something they own, that can remind them of their home away from home.”