David Garrick: Study says San Diego needs more fire stations, new approaches

From San Diego Union Tribune; excerpt:

A new analysis says San Diego needs to build at least 10 additional fire stations and embrace new emergency response methods to adequately serve the sprawling and increasingly congested city.

The new emergency response methods, primarily two-man “fast response” squads and additional engine companies during peak hours, can help meet response time goals in many areas, but won’t eliminate the need for the new stations.

The new stations recommended in the analysis include four in the planning stages — Black Mountain Ranch, north University City, UC San Diego and Mid-City — and six in areas with weak response times — northern Pacific Beach, southern University City, Torrey Pines, Southeastern San Diego, northern Rancho Bernardo and Sabre Springs.

Those 10 are significantly different than the 10 stations recommended in a 2010 analysis by the same company, Citygate Associates of Northern California. Pacific Beach, south University City and Mid-City are the only stations to appear on both lists.

Read entire article by David Garrick, posted on March 7, at http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-fire-stations-20170307-story.html

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