Memphis church to protest fire station closing

(WMC-TV) - Monday night one North Memphis church is hosting a town hall meeting to protest the closure of Fire Station 6.

Pastor A. J. Williams of Pleasant Green Baptist Church is a firm believer in the fire station remaining open.

"The city ought to look elsewhere for money and make sure they keep this station open," declared Williams.

Williams says North Memphis without Fire Station 6 is unimaginable.

"There are a lot of new houses in this neighborhood. This fire station is really needed here," stated Williams.

According to the union, Fire Station 6 takes in around 100 calls per month. The city's response is more than half their calls are for medical services and there are three fire stations within a mile and a half radius of the community.

Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton stated, "You don't need as many individuals on an ambulance, as you do on a tanker."

The Fire Station 6 Town Hall meeting is 6 p. m. Monday at the Pleasant Green Baptist Church off 913 Thomas Street.

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