The Grand Opening of Escondido Fire Station No. 4, located at 3301 Bear Valley Parkway, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2012.  The event is free and open to the public.

A Dedication Ceremony for the station will include comments by Mayor Sam Abed and Fire Chief Mike Lowry, as well as a “push in” ceremony, an old fire service tradition of pushing the fire apparatus into the station. Officially known as a “housing ceremony,” this tradition dates back to the 19th century when apparatus was horse drawn.  Following the ceremony guided tours of the new station will be available until noon.

The rebuild, which cost $2.6 million, will more than double the size of the station from 2,500 square feet to 5,700 square feet. The station hasn't been upgraded since it opened in 1978. Fire Station 4, which is on the edge of Kit Carson Park, has been closed since a mold infestation was discovered in May 2010. The station's firefighters worked out of a nearby retirement community until August 2011, when the retirement community ended their lease and they moved to Fire Station 6.