City Postpones Expanding Fire Brownouts

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The city's fire department has been taking engines out of service…one-at-a-time on a rotating basis since last July. 

Fire Captain Jim Doucette says these rolling brownouts have led to an increase in response times in parts of the city where the nearest fire engine was off-line.

“When that truck is on a call and another call comes in the district the response time is at least another minute and a half slower than what it would normally have been if both companies would have been in service.” 

The plan to start rolling brownouts of two engine companies at-a-time was supposed to start on March 1st. But city council members voted against it. 

Now city finance officials will work on a way to carve out $500,000 in savings the city would have created by increasing those brownouts.