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HeadquartersThe National City Fire Department is responsible for meeting the emergency response needs as well as administrative, fire prevention, and public education needs for the citizens of National City.  We have maintained a headquarters in the same location, corner of 16th Street and “D” Avenue since 1954.   A new headquarters was completed in June 2005 and is a beautiful example of incorporating the history of the Department and the community into a modern structure.  The exterior of the station pays homage to the original station, while providing state of the art features and services for a modern fire station.

The two-story station was designed by Jeff Katz Architecture has over 19,500 square feet with a 5,000 square foot training tower.  The total cost of the project was $6,749,000.  The station is designed to house an engine company (Engine-34) and a truck company (Truck-34), ambulance (AMR), and a battalion chief vehicle (B-57) with its four drive through apparatus bays.Training Tower

Also featured in the station are offices, a fitness room, 11 individual bunk rooms, a kitchen, a dining room, a day room, a history room (which displays the 1925 Seagraves Pumper and other photos and memorabilia from the history of the City and Department) and a community meeting room. 

One of the most important features of the new station is the state of the art training tower.  It is a five story tower which features a live burn room and smoke generation throughout the tower.  This was the first of its kind training tower in the South Bay and is used for training not only our personnel, but personnel from fire agencies throughout the County.

We responded to 8,379 incidents in calendar year 2016.  The breakdown is as follows for all responses:



Residential Fires


Other Structure Fires (other than residential)


Vehicle Fires (autos, trucks, buses, etc.)


Rubbish, Grass, Wildland Fires


Total Fire Responses


Total Fire Loss


Emergency Medical Responses (ambulance, EMS, rescue, etc.)


False Alarm Responses (malicious or unintentional false calls, malfunctions, bomb scares, etc.)


Mutual Aid or Assistance Responses


Hazardous Materials Responses (spills, leaks, etc.)


Hazardous Responses (arcing wires, bomb removal, power line down, etc.)


All Other Responses (lock outs, courtesy, smoke scares, etc.)