SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A $40 million deficit may lead to severe cuts to firefighting services, city officials warned Tuesday.

Fire department members pressed Sacramento officials at Tuesday’s city council meeting to maintain funding, but the crushing budget shortfall may force the layoffs of 53 fire employees.

Under those conditions, six fire stations would be “browned out” each day; two stations are currently shut down each day.

The national average for fire response is about 5 minutes, and Sacramento firefighters meet that figure. If the proposed cuts are approved, fire officials said response time could increase to 7 minutes and 11 seconds, a delay that could spell the difference between life and death.

The cuts could also affect the departments hazmat and water rescue teams.

Mayor Kevin Johnson and other city council members tried to assure the department they understand the potential consequences of their final decision and would weigh their concerns fairly.

Officials will make their decision next month.

Comments (8)
  1. shame on you says:

    Folks better not have a heart attack or fall off thier ladders as imagine the time delay if more than one call comes into an area normally covered by two/three stations. they claim a 2 minute 11 second delay likely incorrect than add fatigue as these folks wrlk 48 hrs and get three hours of broken sleep. police taking cuts as well so wehn inturder call comes in and you have to wait 20 minutes for a response imagine the damage that will occur. Sacramentens better arm yourselfs, get your defibulators and call alert systems as your city council no longer finds your safety nor valuables worthy despite yearly taxes. ask about the special funds they watse buying new vehicles – including ambulances and other pricey items no one hears about.

    1. marc sac says:

      So you even admit that fire stations do not fight fires and are expensive ambulenses. My point exactly!

      1. redneckwriter says:

        marc sac, wake up., shame on you is not arguing your point. Hey also learn how to spell.

  2. Cynthia Smith says:

    There cutting all the worng stuff . Sad

  3. Postone says:

    We would sure like to help you guys out but unfortunately we are spending our time and money on the Kings basketball team and the new arena! Sorry guys this is not as important, and neither is the homeless and hungry in and around Sacramento.

    If you don’t believe me just ask your Mayor Johnson, I believe he is having dinner and smoking cocaine with his felon buddy Vick! Good luck….

    1. redneckwriter says:

      Amen. The city wants the public to pony up 100 million for the new areana, but also wants to cut police and fire? Come on now Sactown, where are the priorities?

  4. redneckwriter says:

    This is until you need them right? Then the more the merrier.

  5. marc sac says:

    you have no clue what these people provide for the pubic. okay, so your 22 wih no resposbiliies and for now in good health. no need for medics yet, but the day may come unexpectanly and hopefully your Mom will be there to pull you out of your demolished car. as well they do fight fires that unless its your property or neighbors your not going to notice. and if you have children or plan to have them hopefully they won’t rquire immediate response. imagine your infant stps breathing and you are told to drive for 20 minutes to hospital as first responders won’t get there any faster. yep, new areana to keep losing team way more important!

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