Tent to serve as temporary fire station

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SAN DIEGO -- A temporary fire station expected to improve slow response times in the Skyline area officially opened for business Monday.

Fire crews staffing Fire Station 51 at 7180 Skyline Drive will work out of the facility -- a double-wide mobile home -- and keep their equipment in a nearby steel structure until funding for a permanent facility becomes available, according to the San Diego-Fire Rescue Department.

City elected officials have called for a fire station in the underserved community for some time. A 2011 study by CityGate Associates identified six San Diego neighborhoods with the highest need for a new fire station, with Skyline ranking fourth.

Fire Station 51 is expected to bridge the gap in service between stations in the Lincoln Park area and Paradise Hills.

"Today's station opening is a significant improvement in emergency response for the Skyline Hills and surrounding neighborhoods,'' SDFRD Chief Javier Mainar said. "We are grateful to the mayor and city council for their support of public safety and making this station possible.''

Fire officials said the recently completed temporary firehouse could remain in service at the location as the construction of a permanent facility eventually gets underway.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Fire Station 51 Aug. 13.


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