Will Sandusky Fire Station No. 7 close?
Sandusky fire Chief Paul Ricci provided the following response:
"There are currently no plans to close Station 7 when the grade separation is opened," Ricci said. The closure of Station No. 7 does not support the operational mission of the Sandusky Fire Department nor the needs of our community. The continued operation of this station is vital to providing efficient and effective fire and emergency medial services."
The station, however, could close based on finances, Ricci said.
"The continued operation of Station 7 is dependent on the available funding for staffing, which makes up 94 percent of the fire department budget. Closure of the station saves very little in the reduction of the line item because we must still maintain the station and staffing to meet the emergency needs of the community."
"The operational mission of this station has changed dramatically since its opening in 1969. Opened initially as an engine company station, the station now supports the emergency medial service mission of the city with an ambulance and a fire engine.
"We run this station as a 'jump' company," Ricci added. "Depending on the type of call — fire or EMS — the three personnel respond the appropriate vehicle. (About) 16 percent to 18 percent of all requests for emergency response occur in the district. This station also responds to emergencies throughout the city when other units are unavailable. We have experienced a growth in our elderly population, residing in this district within the last 10 years. With increased growth in the demographic, we have experienced an associated growth in the request for emergency service."