Public Safety

Warner Springs Volunteer Firefighters to Share New Cal Fire Station

It’s been 60 years since Warner Springs had a new fire station.

And the volunteer firefighters who help state firefighters protect the rural community in the northern part of San Diego County?

They’ve never even had a station—until now. 

The two-bay building with room for 12 firefighters, a fuelling station and a training room will be officially opened in a Saturday ceremony.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection station will be a base for Cal Fire personnel, naturally, but also for volunteers with the Warner Springs Fire Company, which is under the County Fire Authority.

“This station embodies the collaboration between Cal Fire and the County and shows how we work together closely to protect the public and use taxpayer resources wisely,” said County Supervisor Bill Horn.

The $2.7 million Warner Springs Station was funded by a state bond.

Equipment based at the new station includes a state-owned fire engine and County Fire Authority-owned water tender.

In the past few years, the County has purchased nearly 40 fire engines, rescue vehicles and water tenders to cover backcountry fire stations.

The County Fire Authority supports 15 rural fire agencies, including nine volunteer fire departments. The Fire Authority is responsible for seeing that that well-trained, well-equipped firefighters protect life and property throughout 1.5 million backcountry acres.

Members of the public are invited to join Cal Fire and County officials on Saturday April 28 at 10 a.m. for a dedication ceremony and station tour. The station address is 31049 Highway 79, in Warner Springs.