By James Taylor
ROSEMONT (CBS13) – An unexpected budget deficit is forcing a Sacramento Metro Fire to eliminate a fire truck at Station 62 on Bradshaw road, which serves the Rancho Cordova and Rosemont areas.
Last year the truck responded to 115 fires and 436 EMS/rescue calls, according to Metro Fire records.
The fire district says it will save $1,200,000 by closing the truck company and eliminating the 12 firefighter staff positions.
Fire officials blame the closure on a $4 million reduction in Medi-Cal ambulance transport reimbursements.
Metro Fire is also reducing the size of their fire academy, and will defer purchasing a station-signaling system and burn tower to save money.
The fire truck was officially closed on Sunday November 1; however, a fire engine with three firefighters will remain on duty at the Bradshaw Station.
Last month Metro Fire re-opened a fire engine that had been closed for five years at Station 68 in Rancho Cordova’s Anatolia neighborhood.