No stations at risk
"We'll make those decisions based on the number of calls per station, what the demand for the trucks has been. We'll also make it on, do we have another station nearby that can make that call within generally the same response time that that station did?" Icken said. "We're still going to have what is judged by the fire department as adequate coverage in an area."
No stations will be shut down entirely, Icken said, and a sixth cadet class that had been left in doubt by the budget troubles will be funded so as not to worsen the department's staffing shortage.
HFD Executive Assistant Chief Richard Mann estimates the department is about 190 firefighters short of the 3,570 needed to operate most efficiently.
"Obviously, we don't want the citizens to suffer any diminished services," said Bryan Sky-Eagle, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 341.