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Fire Station Closed Because Of Budget Cuts Reopens

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department / courtesy

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department / courtesy

Station 68 is once again serving the Anatolia area of Rancho Cordova.

Michelle Eidam is a captain with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department. She says the average response time to the Anatolia area is about nine-and-a-half minutes. That's two-and-a-half minutes more than what it was, and five-and-a-half minutes more than the department's goal.

"If the nearest closest fire station closes down, there's going to be an increased response time before the next-closest engine or apparatus can get to an emergency. So, what we found with the Station 68, the area surrounding that, the amount of calls since 2011 has gone up about 27 percent.

Station 68 has an engine for structure fires and one for grass fires and is staffed with nine firefighters working three shifts.

Sac Metro Fire budgeted $1.8 million for nine firefighters to staff the station through next July. 

This is the first of six stations that were closed for budget cuts to re-open.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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