The firehouse in the Marin Headlands across from Rodeo Beach has closed its doors for good as of November 10, 2010. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is eliminating the Presidio Fire Department, which includes closure of Station 52 at Fort Cronkhite.
The station and its personnel served Rodeo Beach, the Marine Mammal Center and Headlands Institute. The Southern Marin Fire Protection District will take over fire protection duties but will not occupy the station. Initial fire and medical response will come from Station 1, at 333 Johnson Street, Sausalito.
In an effort to expedite the response time to that area west of the freeway, the "5 minute" tunnel has been equipped to allow for the emergency dispatchers to activate the timed light to allow the responding units the green light from the Sausalito side.
The GGNRA and the Presidio Trust have shared the cost of operating the Presidio Fire Department. A 2007 efficiency study noted neighboring fire departments could provide fire service at Fort Baker and the Marin Headlands on a contract basis, saving as much as $750,000 annually.
One of the paramedics was hired by Southern Marin Fire to fill a vacancy. The other firefighters who were stationed there have either been hired at the San Francisco Fire Department, allowed to test out elsewhere, or were assigned to other jobs within the Park Service.