Groundbreaking Schedule for Temporary San Diego Fire Station

Groundbreaking is scheduled for a temporary fire station in the Skyline area of San Diego, which suffers from slow response times.

The $400,000 station, which is slated to open in April, will serve as a placeholder until a permanent facility can be built for the neighborhood.

Last week, firefighters union President Alan Arrollado said temporary stations were a good way to get service into neighborhoods “without the challenge of building a $10-$20 million permanent fire station.”

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department has been testing a “fast response squad” in nearby Encanto, which has shaved a couple of minutes off response times to 911 calls, according to Chief Javier Mainar.

His report, delivered to a City Council committee last week, said the two-person fast response crew required the help of additional firefighters in about two-thirds of the calls. Arrollado said that showed the necessity of establishing at least a temporary base in the area.

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