Some Atlanta Fire Stations Temporarily Shut Down

Feb. 23, 2009
On Saturday Atlanta fire department officials shut down fire stations.


All Atlanta fire stations were open Sunday after five stations were temporarily closed down Saturday because of staffing shortages.

Because of furloughs some fire trucks and engines will be manned by three person crews Sunday, instead of the usual four person crews.

On Saturday, for the second weekend in a row and third time this year, Atlanta fire department officials shut down fire stations.

Five fire stations across Atlanta were closed Saturday, with Atlanta fire department officials blaming the closures on furloughs forced by budget cuts.

The equipment out of service included trucks 25 and 26, as well as engines 12, 30, 36, 22 and 26.

Last weekend the department closed down six stations because of personnel shortages. On Super Bowl Sunday so many firefighters called in sick, six stations were taken out of service.

Fire department officials said that Saturday 23 firefighters are on furlough and 18 called in sick.

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