Thursday, April 4, 2019 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – Today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer continued his commitment to investing in public safety and neighborhood quality of life with a groundbreaking ceremony for the 10th new or rebuilt fire station since he took office five years ago.
The new facility – Fire Station No. 50 – will serve University City and surrounding neighborhoods when it opens next year.
“There’s no bigger priority than public safety and the record investments we’re making right now to protect the quality of life in our neighborhoods will last for generations,” Mayor Faulconer said. “This new fire station will ensure that University City has the public safety facilities it needs as this neighborhood continues to grow and evolve with new homes and businesses near a thriving research university.”
Joined by Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Stowell and community leaders, Mayor Faulconer marked the start of construction for what will be the eighth station in Battalion 5, which services a 50-mile area of the City. In 2018, the firefighters within Battalion 5 responded to 998 fires, 585 rescues, nearly 11,000 medical aid calls and more than 2,800 hazard calls.
Since he took office in 2014, Mayor Faulconer has more than tripled the City’s annual investment in the Capital Improvements Program to fund infrastructure projects – from $179 million in Fiscal Year 2014 to $559 million for the current fiscal year. Those investments have led to a surge of new and upgraded parks, fire stations, libraries, recreation centers and lifeguard stations as well as road repair, transportation projects and stormwater upgrades that benefit neighborhoods across the city.
Located at 7177 Shoreline Dr., this new 12,000 square foot, three-story fire station includes three apparatus bays, sleeping quarters for 10 personnel, a kitchen, day room, watch room, exercise room and lounge. In addition, as part of a new effort to decentralize training in San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, the new station will also include a training room.
It also incorporates best practices from the City’s Cancer Awareness and Prevention Program by including a locker room to keep gear away from living quarters and two separate washing machines for gear exposed to carcinogens.
“We are very pleased to have the ongoing support of Mayor Faulconer and the City Council when it comes to new construction and renovation of our facilities,” Chief Stowell said. “This station will be a great asset to this community and will allow our crews to continue the excellent level of service they have been providing.”
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.
CONTACT: Greg Block at 619-227-3752 or [email protected]