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San Diego Council To Consider Fire Station Study

Aired 11/14/11 on KPBS News.

It’s widely known the City of San Diego needs more fire stations. Today the city council will consider adopting a plan to get them built. But there’s no money to actually make it happen.

Aired 11/14/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

It’s widely known the City of San Diego needs more fire stations. Today the city council will consider adopting a plan to get them built. But there’s no money to actually make it happen.

Transcript

City Councilwoman Marti Emerald will join us to discuss the fire station recommendations from a new study.

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV

— It’s widely known the City of San Diego needs more fire stations. Monday the City Council will consider adopting a plan to get them built, but there’s no money to actually make it happen.

The study by Citygate Associates (below) was commissioned by the fire department last year. It made several recommendations, including building 10 new fire stations and assigning smaller, two-person crews to nine additional areas.

Fire Chief Javier Mainar said there isn’t money available to implement these recommendations. But he said the council will consider adopting the plan as a roadmap for the future.

“As funds become available, we would use that as the guideline to say, OK, we have some money. What’s the first thing we want to take care of?” he said.

Mainar said it would cost just under $100 million to build the additional stations and buy more trucks. It would cost about $40 million a year to maintain the equipment and pay personnel. The study also recommended the department take a more realistic approach to its response times.

Citygate Associates, Inc.: San Diego Fire-Rescue Dept. Study

Above: This study, done by Citygate Associates, Inc., looks at how the SDFD can improve its operations.

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