Fire Station 2, located just east of El Camino Real by the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, is about 50 years old and no longer meets current standards:
Garage is too small to fit today’s fire trucks and other modern firefighting equipment.
Wood shingle siding does not meet current building and fire codes.
Building does not meet current earthquake codes.
Building design doesn’t provide enough separation to protect against diesel fumes and other carcinogens in the garage from getting into the living quarters.
No accommodations for both male and female firefighters.
Originally built to accommodate 1 full time firefighter, the station now houses five.
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In November 2016, 71 percent of Carlsbad voters approved Measure O, which authorized spending between $7.5 million and $10.5 million of existing general fund money to rebuild Fire Station 2. Under a law passed by voters in 1982, the City of Carlsbad may not spend more than $1 million in general fund money to purchase or improve city property without first getting voter approval.
The city is in the process of hiring a consultant to do some preliminary analysis of the site conditions.
Once this analysis is complete, the city will advertise for bids to design and build the new station.
Construction is expected to start in 2019 and take about 12 months to complete.
The updated station could be operational as soon as 2020.
How will the Fire Department cover the Fire Station 2 service area while the station is under construction?
We will most likely put trailers at a nearby location to house firefighter/paramedics
Do the limitations of the current Fire Station 2 pose a safety concern to the surrounding area?
No. the City of Carlsbad Fire Department can perform its necessary functions from Fire Station 2. The new station will enable more efficient operations and better storage of materials and equipment. It will also better accommodate staff assigned to the station.
How much will the new station cost?
Voters approved spending between $7.5 million and $10.5 million in general fund money on a new fire station. Until the designs are completed and approved, we won’t have an exact estimate.
What is general fund money?
The city’s “general fund” is money collected primarily from property tax, sales tax and hotel tax. Money in this fund is “unrestricted,” which means it may be spent on day to day city operations and projects at the City Council’s discretion. The city has other funds that are considered “restricted,” meaning they can only be spent for certain purposes, such as gas tax funds which may only be spent on road improvements.
Is the station going to move?
Not likely. We have explored the option of purchasing nearby sites, but have not found a property that meets all our needs.
How will construction affect the neighborhood?
The City of Carlsbad Fire Department is committed to being a good neighbor. We’ll do everything we can to keep construction noise, traffic and other inconveniences to a minimum and work with the community to help ensure the design of the new station fits in with the surrounding environment and architectural style.