Marking the completion of the 10th new or rebuilt fire station during his tenure, San Diego, Calif., Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer will be joined Nov. 24 by Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Stowell for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Fire Station No. 50 that will serve University City and surrounding neighborhoods.
Along with the new station, the city will be showcasing the newest fire apparatus – a tractor drawn aerial designed to douse fire in high density areas – that will keep San Diegans safe during what has become a year-round fire season in California. The apparatus is equipped with extra seating for up to six personnel and the ladder pipe operation can be done remotely versus having a firefighter at the top of the ladder. It also has the capacity to douse fires with up to 1,500 gallons per minute.
The new 12,000 square foot, three story fire station includes three apparatus bays, sleeping quarters for 10 personnel, a kitchen, a day room, watch room, exercise room, and training room.
Since Mayor Faulconer took office, the city has opened new fire stations in five neighborhoods – City Heights, Little Italy, Mission Valley, Point Loma, and Hillcrest – and renovated four others that serve the communities of La Jolla, Mira Mesa, North Park, and Southcrest.