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Public Invited to Encinitas Fire Station Opening

Fire Chief Scott Henry believes the Grand Opening of Fire Station #2 symbolizes a new era and the continuing dedication of his department and staff to the community.

The Encinitas Fire Department invites members of the public to attend a Grand Opening of Fire Station #2 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea at 2 p.m. Feb. 22. The station opened on January 7, 2013, with crews moving in and responding to calls from their new home.

As the second fire station built in what is now the City of Encinitas, the original, 1,600-square-foot Fire Station #2, constructed in 1960, was greatly in need of replacement to better serve the safety needs of the community. In 2011, the City Council approved construction of a more spacious (6,330-square-foot), modern and environmentally-friendly facility at 618 Birmingham Drive, just east of the old station’s location at 1867 McKinnon Avenue. Construction costs totaled $4.6 million.

Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Daigle says the Grand Opening will be an exciting event. He reveals, “We plan to incorporate many time-honored ‘firehouse’ traditions dating back to the 19th-century days of horse-drawn engines. Instead of a ribbon-cutting, the event will feature a unique ‘hose-uncoupling’ followed by a very special activity in which the sparkling fire engine, newly ‘wetted down,’  is actually pushed by Fire Department staff into the confines of the station.”

Deputy Chief Daigle explains, “The pushing of the rig celebrates the days when the horse-drawn  apparatus had to be physically pushed by humans into the station.”

The Grand Opening festivities also will feature a formal dedication, facility tours, mementos and refreshments. More information is on the Department’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

The antiquated and cramped Fire Station #2 needed expensive and extensive repairs, which made replacement of the facility the most viable option. The new station, in addition to housing one fire engine (with a crew of three firefighters) and one ambulance (with a crew of two emergency medical personnel) offers the capacity to house three additional firefighters in times of need. It also offers abundant space for public interaction, maintenance, training and fulfillment of daily living and working needs.

The station meets U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards for Silver certification. Environmental  features include best management practices for trash disposal, recycling, erosion control and storm water management, energy-efficient lighting and low-water-use landscaping.

Fire Chief Scott Henry, who has served the Encinitas Fire Department since 1980, believes the Grand Opening of Fire Station #2 symbolizes a new era and the continuing dedication of his department and staff to the community. Chief Henry states, “We are pleased and proud to be able to offer the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea and the entire City of Encinitas this gleaming new station that is able to meet the requirements of the vicinity, City and region; today and into the future.”

—City News Service

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Jay Berman February 01, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Why in the world do we need a 6300 SqF firehouse in Cardiff ???? Mostly residential 1 and 2 story buildings ... Sure, a new firehouse was needed .. but this is a monument to government largess and waste ... 1600 SqF has been sufficient for 53 years .... Cardiff hasn't changed much ... It's not like we have a lot of fires here ... Last year there was a car accident right next to the old station 2 in front of that large apartment complex ... they "rolled" a firetruck and ambulance 50 feet ... This louzy underpass at Swami's .... $5m taking forever to build ... an underpass more than a 6300 SqF fire station .... amazing waste ....
Jessie Taylor February 02, 2013 at 06:04 AM
Remember your comments here when your house catches fire, or you need help from the EMTs.
Jay Berman February 02, 2013 at 08:05 AM
That would be pretty sad Jessie ... I only want to know, as a taxpayer in Encinitas, why we need such a large firestation .. Am I asking too much ? Would 3000 SqF be too little ? I mean, nothing has changed much here in Cardiff by the Sea ..
Al Ein February 05, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Another $5 million dollars spent for the comforts of 9 to 10 fighterfighters. It does nothing for response times and does very little for the quality of life for the community. What it does do is take tax dollars for other needed projects that would benefit the public. What a wasted opportunity for tax dollars, but what do you expect from the greedy fire fighters that want never ending comforts and pay for little work. I think a good strategy would be to have 3 8 hour shift with no overtime and make up routines so they all can work during their 8 hour shifts instead of shopping, sleeping, watching movies, working out, BBQing, watching the Super Bowl, and other tasks that other taxpayers do in their off time. Man- The tax payers get ripped again from the fire fighters. Ugggg.

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