Fire Station 6 to stay open through Fiscal Year 2014

(WMC-TV) - Fire Station 6 in North Memphis will stay open through Fiscal Year 2014. But the station will provide emergency services and medical care.

This announcement comes after the fire station was slated for closure as a result of budget constraints.

"There are a large number of elderly residents in that area and the majority of calls to that station are medical calls," said Fire Department Director Alvin Benson in a written statement. "Our intent is to continue providing emergency service and medical care from this station, and to have this station continue its role as a community resource, anchor, and 'safe place' in the event of emergencies."

The station's firefighting equipment and staff will be relocated as initially planned. Other budget cutting strategies, such as the decommissioning of ladder truck 22 and "brown outs", will still go into effect September 1, 2013.

North Memphis residents began protesting the planned closure of Fire Station 6 quickly after the initial announcement was made. In July, Director Benson assured residents that there are still three other fire stations nearby that can respond to that area's calls.

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