Mayor Faulconer, Councilmember Gómez Open New Fire Station in City Heights
Marks Second New Fire Station to Open Since Mayor Took Office with Three More Under Construction
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – Marking the second new fire station built with three more on the way as part of his commitment to improving neighborhood services throughout the city, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined today by City Councilmember Georgette Gómez, Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy and community leaders to officially open the new Fire Station No. 17 to better serve the growing population in City Heights and surrounding neighborhoods.
“We’re replacing one of the City’s oldest fire stations with the newest as we continue making major investments in public safety to better serve our neighborhoods,” Mayor Faulconer said. “This isn’t just a building, it’s a community asset for City Heights that will help protect property and save lives for generations to come.”
Fire Station No. 17 is one of the City’s busiest stations averaging more than 540 emergency calls per month. It has been serving the City Heights area since 1923, the last 68 years at its current location.
The new 10,760 square-foot facility – located at 4206 Chamoune Ave. – is more than double the size of the original building which was constructed in 1950. It includes two-and-a-half apparatus bays, ten dormitories and a gym. The bays can house two fire engines and one paramedic vehicle.
“District 9 is home to a brand new Fire Station 17, a great upgrade to the community,” said Councilmember Gómez. As one of the busiest fire station in the City, it is great to provide our fire fighters the latest tools to help keep our San Diegans safe.”
The $10.3 million station will also contribute to the City’s goal of increasing the use of renewable energy with new solar panels that will generate up to 20 percent of the building’s power.
“Our crews are very excited to be in this new station,” Fennessy said. “And the neighboring residents are thrilled to have a new addition to the neighborhood. We look forward to serving many generations to come.”
Since Mayor Faulconer took office, the City has opened a new fire station in Mission Valley, and has broken ground on three others in Bayside, Hillcrest and Point Loma. In addition, stations in Mira Mesa, North Park, Southcrest and La Jolla have received renovations.
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