ADELANTO – Slower response times in the City of Adelanto in the instance of fires or other emergencies have been a concern for area residents since the closure of Fire Station 321 on June 1, 2013. The closure was necessary due to financial woes for the city leading up to the closure. San Bernardino County Fire Assistant Chief, Dan Mejia said that there are over 6,000 calls for service yearly in the City of Adelanto.
The City of Adelanto officials have been working hard to grow as a city, ultimately bringing in revenue to now add an additional Captain, Engineer, and Firefighter Paramedic to station 322 located on Rancho Road. “Our Council told the residents that public safety is top priority and since our fiscal status has improved, this action shows us living up to this priority,” said Mayor Richard Kerr. The engine previously used by those at station 321 required updating or its equipment at a cost of around $30,000. “But that figure pales in comparison when you consider the cost for a new Type 1 engine is about $720,000,” Kerr added.
“Increasing the staff 100% and adding an additional engine will reduce response times and residents won’t have to wait for help to arrive from a neighboring city of assistance was needed.”
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