After a 7-year delay, San Diego has a roving fire engine for one tough-to-reach area — and more may come soon

  • Source: Microsoft Start
  • Published: 05/29/2024 12:00 AM

San Diego is taking a long-awaited step toward shrinking emergency response times in hard-to-reach areas of the city and neighborhoods with high call volumes. The city launched its first roving "peak-hour" fire engine five months ago in downtown's East Village neighborhood — one of a dozen coverage gap areas where badly-needed new fire stations won't be built for years. The East Village peak-hour engine could be the first of many, with City Heights, Barrio Logan, Liberty Station and southeastern San Diego near Ocean View Boulevard among the most likely candidates. The peak-hour engines are considered a cheaper and faster way to extend the city's emergency-response coverage without building new fire stations, which require finding land and securing money for construction.


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