Downtown San Diego got its third fire station this week, bolstering emergency services for a the growing business and residential center.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilmember Chris Ward opened Fire Station No. 2 with a ceremony on Thursday.
“We’ll now have three fire stations serving a thriving downtown community that has seen an influx of residents, businesses and visitors over the past few decades. This is all about making sure that help gets there fast when you need it,” Faulconer said.
The station is located west of the train and trolley tracks on Pacific Highway across from the San Diego County Administration Center.
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department has long considered a station on the western waterfront a top priority because of emergency response delays resulting from rail activity.
The station is a 25,000 square-foot, three-story building with rooftop greenery, solar panels and public art. The apparatus bay of the station includes folding doors, rather than traditional roll-up doors for quicker access. It accommodates two rigs and a battalion chief vehicle.
The other downtown fire stations are at 1st Avenue and B Street near City Hall and at 8th Avenue and J Street near Petco Park.
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