City to host grand opening events for fire stations

VISTA — The Vista Fire Department will open the doors at its two new fire stations on April 18. The opening event for Fire Station No. 5 will begin at 10 a.m. and will take place at 2009 S. Melrose Drive. Opening ceremonies will begin at 1 p.m. at Fire Station No. 6, located at 651 E. Vista Way. The public is invited to the official ceremonies and to tour the state-of-the-art facilities. The events will include an opportunity to tour the stations, meet the firefighters and examine the fire apparatus.
“One of the city’s highest priorities has been to increase public safety in Vista,” Mayor Morris B. Vance said. “The City Council and I are thrilled that by building and staffing these two new fire stations, this will enable the Vista Fire Department to continue to provide high quality fire and emergency services to the community.”
Fire Station No. 5, designated as South Melrose Fire Station, will serve the community in south Vista and Fire Station No. 6, designated as Wildwood Fire Station, will serve the community in central and north Vista. Both stations have been constructed with many energy-saving components and have earned a basic level certification LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“With the opening of these new facilities, the Vista Fire Department will be able to better serve our community and reduce the demand for service on our four existing fire stations,” Fire Chief Gary Fisher said. “Vista will now have a comprehensive fire protection coverage, which will ultimately save lives and property.”
Jeff Katz of Jeff Katz Architecture led the design of the facilities. Erickson-Hall Construction Company constructed both buildings. Construction, which began in spring 2008 on both facilities, was completed on time and on budget. Costs for construction are $12.2 million for both stations.
Funding for the new facilities was made possible through increased revenue provided by a half-cent sales tax increase approved by Vista voters in November 2006. In addition to the fire station construction project, other community projects supported by the voters include the seismic retrofit and renovation of Fire Station No. 1, construction of a new civic center, a new sports park and the renovation of the Moonlight Amphitheatre stage house.
Call (760) 639-6131 to learn more about these events.

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