Jackson Closes 2 of 3 Fire Stations

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

Jackson's financial reality hit home at Tuesday's city council meeting.

The city council voted 6-1 to close two of the city's three fire stations in a move that the city says will save at least $500,000.

"We have a $2.6 million deficit," said Jackson Mayor Karen Dunigan. "We've got to find the money somewhere and the fire department is one of our biggest expenses."

"I used to be a fire chief and I'm confident this is the right decision for the community," said councilmember Kenneth Gaiser. "I'm confident we can provide adequate service out of just one station."

Acting chief David Wooden says that service won't be the same though.

"In certain sections of town it is going to impact the service," said Wooden. "It's going to impact response times."

The cuts come on former Chief Michael Beyerstedt's last day before moving down to Gulfport, Mississippi.

Tuesday's reductions are just the beginning of expected layoffs to both of the city's fire and police departments.

Councilmember Daniel Greer says the cuts are painful but if they don't trim now, someone else will do it for them.

"If we don't right our ship, the state's going to come in and do it for us," said Greer.

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  • by Mr. Truth on Jan 12, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    This is madness why would you ever cut your fire service if you have any other non essential services still. It can be likened to canceling your home and car insurance because money is tight but keeping your cable and internet . This makes no sense at all. People could die including those fighting the fires. Please citizens of Jackson sto this madness call your city council and tell them to come up with a different solution before it is to late for someone.
  • by pam pung-dahl Location: grand ledge on Jan 12, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    So safety is not an issue to Jackson. Fire departments are a valuable resource. Why couldn't they have budget cuts some where else.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    Michigan is dying! I agree we have to cut back on government services and government workers pay, but that's not going too save Michigan. The only thing that's going to save Michgan is JOBS!!!! When we buy any kind of foods or goods, try to make sure it's made in Michigan or from your area.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2011 at 10:44 PM
    When are people going to learn that government spending cost real money. The government cut backs will start at the local level and slowly make it to the federal government. If we do not cut the government spending, we will become a social state like venz or cuba in which people live in poverty because the government does not care about them.
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