ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Fire Department invites the community to join the grand opening celebration of Fire Station No. 2 at 618 Birmingham Drive in Cardiff-by-the-Sea at 2 p.m. Feb. 22. The station opened Jan. 7, as crews moved in and began responding to calls from their new home.As the second fire station built in Encinitas, the original, 1,600-square-foot Fire Station No. 2, constructed in 1960, was 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 Ave. Construction costs totaled $4.6 million.
“We plan to incorporate many time-honored ‘firehouse’ traditions dating back to the 19th-century days of horse-drawn engines,” Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Daigle said. “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 said, “The pushing of the rig celebrates the days when the horse-drawn apparatus had to be physically pushed by humans into the station.”
The festivities also will feature a formal dedication, facility tours, mementos and refreshments. More information is at encinitasca.gov/index.aspx?page=46 and social media sites twitter.com/encinitasfire and facebook.com/encinitasfire.
The original antiquated and cramped Fire Station No. 2 reportedly 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 opening of Fire Station No.2 symbolizes a new era and the continuing dedication of his department and staff to the community.”