The Chula Vista Fire Department (CVFD) occupied a new fire station on Friday, May 22. Station #10, located at 1715 Millenia Avenue, is the newest Fire Station to open in Chula Vista in 14 years. Built to serve the areas of Millenia and Otay Ranch, the station will house Fire Engine #60 with future plans to include a truck and an ambulance. Station 10 is designed to house up to ten firefighters for future needs of the area, and will begin initial service with four personnel per shift.
Station 10 consists of 13,435 sq. ft. with three bays. The two-story station includes a pole and high speed roll-up doors for improved turnout times and overall response times, and a traffic light controlled intersection for safe and swift exit when responding to calls. The station also includes safety features for firefighters including a Plymovent vehicle exhaust extraction system which removes carcinogens and prevents exhaust from entering the living areas.
Cost of the new station was $8,123,000 funded from Development Impact Fees. The last new station built in the City was Station 8, located at 1180 Woods Drive, which opened in December 2006. Chula Vista is currently in construction on two new stations which will replace existing stations to better serve the population. Station 5 will relocate to 341 Orange Avenue and Station 9 is being built at 100 Moss Street. Both stations are funded by Measure P, the half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2016. The estimated cost for both stations is $17.9 million with a projected completion date of mid-2021.
CVFD Chief Jim Geering said, “Normally we would have held a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate Station 10 and invite the community, but with the pandemic, that is not an option. However, the Chula Vista Fire Department is ready to serve the City of Chula Vista and we look forward to meeting our new neighbors in the future.”