New fire station opens in Boulevard

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BOULEVARD, Calif. -- Residents of Boulevard celebrated Friday with the grand opening of a new fire station.

“This is a monumental day for us to have a modern well-equipped facility in the east county,” said San Diego County Fire Chief Tony Mecham.

Looking back to the complications of the Cedar fire, Mecham says they have come a long way.

“We have improved the radio communication, the radio equipment and the training of our firefighters," he said.

The station will be the only one in the county operating with joint agencies including county fire, Cal Fire and Mercy paramedics.

The 8,000 square foot facility will be able to hold 12 firefighters and up to six vehicles.

Its unique features include a nearly 10-foot fire engine and a tanker which holds 2,000 gallons of water.

On the back lot, the property houses a well and four water tanks. Each tank can hold up to 10,000 gallons of water.

Up until now, the department was operating out of a 50-year-old facility which was not close to being as equipped.

“And it was never designed to house firefighters. At one point they were sleeping in the attic,” said Mecham. “We moved into the facility on Monday. They are operating and ready to go."

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