Fire Station 2, located just east of El Camino Real by the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, is about 50 years old and one of the older fire stations in Carlsbad. Constructed in 1969 for one full-time firefighter and a yearly call volume of less than 250, Fire Station 2 today maintains a staff of five full-time firefighters and responds to approximately 4,000 calls a year.
The station, which was originally designed to house fire apparatus built in the 1960s, is too small to house the fire apparatus currently used by Public Safety staff. Inadequate storage for crucial equipment is a concern at this facility, including fire hose, firefighting apparel, and medical supplies. In addition, the station lacks the fire separation required by the current building code between the apparatus parking area, the working and living spaces, and the medical equipment supplies.
The City of Carlsbad has hired SchneiderCM, Inc., to provide construction management services during the design and rebuilding of Fire Station 2. Construction is expected to start in 2021 and take a little over a year to complete. Although the design work is still at the conceptual stage, some key decisions have been made, such as keeping the station at its current location. The focus of the design work is to balance function with an appearance that fits in with the residential neighborhood.
In early 2021, the Fire Station 2 crews, vehicles and equipment will relocate temporarily to the parking lot at Dove Library during construction, which is expected to take a little more than a year. Since the library is close to the station, the ability to respond to emergency calls is not expected to be affected.
September 2020: The City Council accepts the bid that is of the lowest price to the city and awards the contract.
April-June 2021: Fire crews and equipment are relocated to Dove Library location. Construction begins.
Mid 2021-mid 2022: The new Fire Station 2 is built.
May 2022: Project is estimated to be completed, and the new Fire Station 2 at the current location will be back in operation.
Questions and Answers
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 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.