Chief Beery Announces Staffing Reduction at Station 3 in Chico

Jul 15, 2013 5:55 PM

UPDATE (4:37 p.m): In light of a $4.8 million budget deficit by the City of Chico, Fire Station 3 at the Chico Airport has been forced to close the engine company. The reduction in staffing was announced by Chief James Beery just after 3:30 p.m.

Effective 8 a.m. tomorrow, Engine 3 will no longer be available to respond to fires, rescues, or medical emergencies, according to a release from the station. This will cause a significant delay in the arrival of Fire-Rescue resources in the north Chico area.

Until the funding is made available to return full staffing to Station 3, one Fire Officer will be assigned each day to the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting apparatus at the Chico Municipal Airport. The officer will require FAA required fire protection at the airport, which according to the station’s press release, will avert disruption in present airline flight schedules.

Chief James Beery of Station 3 has just announced in a press conference that Station 3 near the Chico Airport will be reducing its staff from three Firefighters to one as part of a plan to help reduce a $1.6 million budget gap. The reduction in staff will go into effect 8 a.m. tomorrow. The other two not working at Station 3 will be staffed to help offset Department overtime, and is estimated to help save $2,500 a day.

Chief Beery indicated business at the airport should not be affected, but told the press the clock is ticking, and said he had to make the decision until further direction from the Chico City Council. We will have more on this story on Action News Now at 5 and 6 p.m.


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