After nine years of operating a temporary fire station in Mission Valley, the city of San Diego is scheduled to hold a grand opening celebration Monday for a permanent facility.
The new station will operate on Friars Road near Qualcomm Stadium. The temporary location was in the stadium’s parking lot.
The two-story building will be the first-ever permanent San Diego-Fire Rescue Department station in Mission Valley. The 16,290-square-foot structure will house an engine and truck, along with firefighters and a hazardous materials team.
Mission Valley is one of 19 areas in San Diego listed in a consultant’s report issued five years ago as being priorities for new stations.
Another neighborhood listed in the report, Skyline, is being covered by a temporary firehouse opened in August. A third, Encanto, underwent a one-year experiment with a two-man Fast Response Squad, in which they could beat regular firefighters to an emergency scene and assess the situation or begin rescues and medical aids.
The fire department says it cut response times in Encanto by nearly 30 percent. A second unit is expected to begin operating in University City early next year.
Some other fire stations are on the drawing board. While some are paid for with developer funds, others are competing for municipal dollars with other infrastructure priorities, like roadway fixes and repairs for city buildings — including several deteriorating fire stations.
— City News Service
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