Solana Beach fire station holds open house
The Solana Beach Fire Department held its open house on Oct. 31 to show off its new firetruck and the station’s paint job to residents.
Engine No. 2471 went into service in August after some custom work was done to the exterior cabinets to ensure optimum gear accessibility. The truck is capable of fighting larger fires, with a 105-foot ladder and materials to enable forcible entry of structures.
The firetruck gets a lot of use because the Solana Beach station is the closest for areas such as Rancho Santa Fe and parts of Carmel Valley. Before Solana Beach had this truck, those areas would have to pull a truck from Encinitas, Carlsbad or San Diego to calm a blaze.
The open house ended with two firemen demonstrating the Jaws of Life. The pair showed how the compression-powered tools can ease firefighters’ accessibility to an injured person trapped in a car after an accident. Children were in awe as the pair cut off the top of a wrecked Volkswagen Beetle.
The fire station was also full of representatives from the Red Cross, State Farm and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) who talked with residents about general safety tips.
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