San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Training Facility

Out & About

Many years ago, from 1923 to 1997, there was a huge naval training complex of 550 acres on the north end of the San Diego harbor. It was closed by the Base Realignment and Closure commission in 1993. Most of it was converted into a mixed use development complex of 361 acres named Liberty Station, and many of the buildings were declared historic and were saved.

Yesterday I discovered the other 189 acres:

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Most of these 189 acres consist of about 500 units of military housing.

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The fire-rescue training facility is not accessible to the public, and there is a very tall green fence around the complex, said fence being about 15′ tall. However, through little cracks in the gate where entrances are, I was able to get pictures with my 28-300mm zoom lens.

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Now go back and look at the pictures and imagine thousands of new navy recruits training to keep America safe!

The Naval Training Station is San Diego Historical Landmark #425, so it eventually will show up in my San Diego Historical Landmark series.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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21 thoughts on “San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Training Facility

  1. The Emu

    Great pics of a piece of your Naval training history.
    The second picture actually looks like shipping containers standing on their end.
    I finally rectified the error that stopped me from receiving notifications of your posts.
    Cheers.
    Ian aka Emu

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  2. TamrahJo

    Must give a fairly realistic and expansive training ground – but also, your photos triggered a sense of sadness – – a desire to ‘see” what this looked like when families lived here, when bbq grills and children’s toys were scattered at the foots of steps – (if it were military ‘family’ housing) or how it looked when young men were ‘off duty’ playing football up and down the long corridors of concrete between housing – 🙂
    Awesome photos always inspire a myriad of thoughts – thank you for sharing – 🙂

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      1. TamrahJo

        It’s interesting, eh? to see the world beyond the what the camera lens captures – I admire photographers – I’m always too busy seeing the world beyond what can be captured right now, to take timely and good snaps! 🙂 Your art is appreciated!

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  3. Gina's Professions for PEACE

    Wow.. that visit must’ve been a bit ‘haunting’ as most abandoned buildings/areas are. Imagine! Heroes trained to enter burning building were once trained there. Your photos are, as always, incredible. Thank you for sharing this insight into history.

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