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Station 2 to remain open during exterior maintenance work

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

Work on addressing maintenance needs for the exterior of the North County Fire Protection District's Station 2 in the Winterwarm area began Sept. 6, but the work will not adversely affect station operations.

"The station will remain in service during the renovation," said NCFPD Fire Chief Keith McReynolds.

Station 2 in the 2100 block of Winterwarm Drive was built in 1976. A January 2022 inspection of the station indicated that deferred maintenance has caused numerous structure and grounds issues which create a safety risk for NCFPD employees and for the public. On May 24, the NCFPD board approved a $353,410 contract with Reed Family Enterprises, Inc., to address the fire station maintenance needs.

"It's supposed to be a two and a half month project," McReynolds said.

The work will provide safety, operational, and aesthetic improvements to the fire station. Reed Family Enterprises, which is based in Temecula, will replace cracked or missing concrete on the driveways, provide new exterior lighting with dusk-to-dawn sensors, replace inoperable or otherwise damaged electric gate sensors, provide interior and exterior painting, install new apparatus bay doors along with controllers, provide signage for visitor parking, repair exterior wood facia and beams, create additional employee parking, and provide landscaping and irrigation.

"They're doing a fantastic job," McReynolds said. "It's coming along nicely, very nicely."

The current renovations are the second phase of the upgrades. "Phase 2 is the exterior work," McReynolds said.

The first phase was recently completed. "That was primarily inside the station," McReynolds said.

The exterior work will not be at the expense of access. "The street is open. The station is in service," McReynolds said. "The station will not be taken out of service."


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