Public Safety

Board Funds Palomar Mountain Fire Station Remodel

The Palomar Mountain Fire Station will get permanent living quarters built behind the fire station where a trailer sits in this photo.
The Palomar Mountain Fire Station will get permanent living quarters built behind the fire station where a trailer sits in this photo.

The Palomar Mountain Fire Station will soon be getting a $1.8 million remodel including permanent living quarters to house four to six firefighters and other significant improvements.

The County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to amend a 50-year lease with the Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department to allow for construction, demolition and reconfiguring of the property, and then send the project out to bid.

The County contracts with CAL FIRE to provide fire and emergency medical services in the community of Palomar Mountain. The fire station at 21610 Crestline Road, built in the early 1990s, sits on 3.29 acres. Currently, it has no living space, so firefighters temporarily sleep in an adjacent Community Center.

In addition to the living quarters, the County plans to add an office, widen and pave a fire truck access road and make the station compliant for visitors with disabilities.

Last August, the board voted to fund temporary living quarters for the firefighters. But a County Fire Authority assessment indicated the station needed to be a long-term facility requiring the living quarters to be upgraded to permanent.

The station is staffed regularly with two firefighters, one of which is also a paramedic, said Herman Reddick, County Fire Authority director.

Yvette Urrea Moe is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact