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At a glance 

  • The City of Carlsbad now has a fully staffed and equipped temporary fire station on the coast.
  • The project is part of a City Council goal to improve emergency response times and ensure fire and emergency medical services are ready to meet the community’s needs as the city’s demographics and population change. The station came to life thanks to an agreement approved by the City Council on June 21, 2022.
  • The $194,052 6-year lease with NRG Inc. allowed the city to build a temporary fire station on part of the old Encina power plant site. The agreement could be extended for up to two additional years.
  • The city reused some of the temporary buildings used while Fire Station 2 in La Costa was rebuilt.

Project details

The temporary Fire Station 7 is situated on a part of the NRG property where a warehouse and administration building were previously located. Two other nearby properties were initially considered but were ruled out for a variety of reasons, including environmental concerns and the additional time it would take to get them ready.


The temporary station features:

  • Two temporary mobile buildings, one 1,782 square feet and the other 1,404 square feet, that will be used as offices and sleeping quarters for up to seven fire department personnel. (The city already owns the larger mobile building; the other one will be added.)
  • A temporary structure of 3,200 square feet that will house an ambulance, lifeguard rescue watercraft and other Fire Department apparatus and equipment. The structure previously used for temporary Fire Station 2 was relocated and expanded at the temporary Fire Station 7 site.
  • Access is through an existing driveway on Carlsbad Boulevard. The temporary station is about 260 feet east of the road, inside the fenced NRG property.