Chico Fire Department Enacts 'Strategic Company Closure' Plan

Aug 20, 2013 3:14 PM

The other budget shoe has dropped for the Chico Fire Department as it announces a new round of cost-cutting measures.

Interim Fire Chief Keith Carter Tuesday announced that the department is initiating a new fire company closure strategy in a final step toward closing the department's $1.6 million budget hole.

Chief Carter explained to Action News Now that some days, a station or two may be closed, and other days, no stations will be closed. The idea is to staff stations to the city's highest capability with spending as little as possible on overtime.

"it's a day to day decision depending on the staffing levels we have," Carter said.

On Tuesday, for example, all of the city's stations were open because of the current red flag warning threat. But had red flag warnings not existed, the city's Fire Station Six on the city's west side would have likely been closed for the day, Carter said.

This latest budget move is in addition to the recent staffing reduction at Chico Municipal Airport's Station 3.

Carter added that a station closure on any given day will likely cause some minor delays in response times to emergency calls.

"There will be some delays, but this is something we just have to do until times get better," Carter said.


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