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Calendar >  Oceanside Ushers In New Era Of Public Safety Facilities

Oceanside Ushers In New Era Of Public Safety Facilities

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New Fire Training Tower Unveiled, New Downtown Fire Station Groundbreaking

Measure X Revenue Brings Historic ImprovementsEverett Stephens Fire Training Tower Unveiled

At a dedication ceremony last week, the City of Oceanside unveiled its newly constructed state-of-the-art Fire Training Tower at 110 Jones Road. Thanks to Oceanside’s Measure X revenue, the new facility will prepare Oceanside public safety personnel for generations to come.  [Download photos of Fire Training Tower]

This four-story facility is a live controlled fire training structure, which provides conditions similar to actual fire calls: searing heat in live fire burn rooms on various floors, a myriad of smoke-filled halls and rooms, interior and exterior stairways, bail out windows, and multiple floors where people may be in need of rescue. Crews will practice forced entry, working in dark and confined spaces, using breathing apparatus in thick smoke, and fighting live fires. Personnel will also practice using a building’s pressurized water standpipe system to pump water to needed areas. The structure’s rooftop includes rope rescue anchors and an area to train on breaching a roof.  All features are designed to ensure Oceanside Fire Department (OFD) personnel safely prepare for dangerous situations in order to save lives and property.

The new Fire Training Tower replaces an aged one-story facility on the training grounds and consolidates multiple onsite and offsite training facilities into one location.

The Fire Training Tower was dedicated yesterday to former OFD Training Officer Everett Stephens. Stephens (pictured at right) became one of Oceanside’s first full-time firefighters around 1940, and served the City for 29 years. Stephens was known as a skilled professional dedicated to protecting the community and drilling the safety strategies, lifesaving techniques, hazards and precautions of the profession into new firefighters.

Oceanside’s Everett Stephens Fire Training Tower will serve not only new OFD recruits and the entire Department, but the facility will be available for regional public safety training use as well.

New Downtown Oceanside Fire Station Groundbreaking
Oceanside’s iconic first Fire Station downtown, designed by renowned American architect Irving Gill, was built nearly 100 years ago in 1929.  It’s thought to be one of the oldest functioning fire stations in the country.  Back then, Oceanside’s population was about 3,500 people. Fast forward a century, and Oceanside has a bustling downtown, taller residential buildings, hotel resorts, and a citywide population of 174,000.

Throughout Oceanside’s evolution, that first small station has served the community well, but with Oceanside’s new Fire Training Tower and soon-to-come new downtown Fire Station, a new era in Oceanside’s public safety is marked.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held last Thursday at the new Fire Station 1 Project site at 602 Civic Center Drive. Funding from Measure X is supplying the project’s major design and construction costs. Aside from Measure X, the City received a $3.5 million federal Defense Community Infrastructure Program grant for this project — one of only 13 projects selected nationwide.

The new station will house the larger apparatus and equipment needed to best serve residents, businesses, and visitors. This station will also serve neighboring jurisdictions when assistance is needed.

New Fire Station 1 will encompass roughly 20,000-square-feet over two levels. It will include a five-bay apparatus space that will house a fire engine, fire truck ladder company, an ambulance, battalion chief vehicle, and equipment. The building’s ground floor will include a lobby, conference, and training rooms. The second floor will house living accommodations for up to 12 personnel, shared bathrooms, and kitchen. The station will be complete with an emergency generator and rooftop solar panels.

Download renderings of new station

Photos of Groundbreaking Ceremony

About Oceanside Fire Department … In 1888, the first volunteer fire company was formed in the City of Oceanside. For the next 38 years, a series of volunteers provided fire protection to the community. In 1925, the City purchased Oceanside’s first motorized fire engine. In 1939, the City hired its first two full-time paid firefighters. In 1972, the city began providing paramedic services to the community, and has done so ever since. Measure X was instrumental in allowing Oceanside to begin its enhanced Emergency Medical Service Delivery Model in 2019 and hire Emergency Medical Technicians and purchase more ambulances.

The Oceanside Fire Department’s eight firehouses provide a presence in every neighborhood throughout the 41 square miles of the City of Oceanside. In addition to providing emergency response services, there are a number of non-emergency functions performed by the Fire Department. They include fire investigations, plan checks for all new development, fire prevention inspections, and public education and informational programs. The City of Oceanside currently has Fire Department career opportunities.

Oceanside Fire Chief Rick Robinson retires this week and Chief David Parsons takes the helm. Details on Chief Transition

About Measure X … Measure X was a ballot initiative in 2018 that raised Oceanside’s sales tax 1/2 cent for a period for seven years, beginning in April 2019.  Measure X revenue is used solely to enhance public safety, improve road conditions, bolster the City’s infrastructure, and aid in homelessness.  More about Measure X

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