FALLBROOK — The North County Fire Protection District (NCFPD) has been allocated an additional $500,000 toward the construction of Fire Station 4 in the California Fiscal Year 2023-2024 State Budget. The funding, which was advocated for through California Assemblymember Marie Waldron’s office, will bring total state funding assistance for the Fire Station 4 replacement project to $1 million. The NCFPD has been exceptionally successful with securing grant funding toward facility projects over the last two years.
“We are extremely grateful for the funding assistance we have secured, which has been advocated for and supported by our local leaders.” NCFPD Fire Chief Keith McReynolds said of the funding for the renovations. “This funding will be invested right back into our community to improve our local fire stations.”
“The improved fire station designs will help us achieve faster response times which is critical because seconds count,” said McReynolds.
In 2021, the district was awarded $900,000 of state funding assistance for the renovation of Fire Station 3, located at 2309 Rainbow Valley Blvd. The district was also awarded $394,000 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding through San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond’s Office toward the Fire Station 3 renovation project. In 2022, the NCFPD was awarded $1.4 million of state funding for capital improvement projects which the district allocated toward funding two new fire engines. Several other grants have assisted with purchasing fire and training equipment.
The NCFPD is currently pursuing multiple much-needed fire station renovation and replacement projects. In 2022, the NCFPD board of directors approved the renovation of Fire Station 2 on Winterwarm Drive. Also, in 2022, the NCFPD board approved the renovation of Fire Station 3. The Station 3 project will add square footage and renovate the existing facility. In 2023, the NCFPD board approved the full replacement of Fire Station 4 on Pala Mesa Drive.
The current station, which is a modular building, was built as a temporary station in 1979. Erickson-Hall Construction has been hired as the construction manager on both the Station 3 and Station 4 projects. Station 3 is currently in the design phase with construction slated to begin in spring of 2024. Station 4 is currently in the Request for Qualifications Statement (RFSQ) phase of the design-build process with construction anticipated to begin in fall of 2024. The NCFPD has secured $3.8 million in grant funding for capital improvement projects in the last two years.
Submitted by North County Fire Protection District.