Monday, May 23, 2011

San Joaquin County grand jury calls for Stockton Fire Department staffing reductions

By The Record
May 23, 2011 10:40 AM

STOCKTON – The San Joaquin County civil grand jury – after investigating staffing levels for the Stockton Fire Department – recommended Monday reducing staffing to three firefighters on fire engines and four on trucks.

The fire department currently has four firefighters on fire engines and five on trucks.

The grand jury said the reduction in staffing would bring Stockton more in line with other cities in Northern California and would result in an annual savings of $5 million to $7 million. The grand jury’s investigation included interviews with the fire chiefs of Stockton, Tracy, Manteca and Lodi.

Among the grand jury’s findings: only 3.5 percent of all calls in Stockton are for fires and 77 percent are for medical emergencies.

Read Tuesday’s Record for more on this story by staff writer Christian Burkin.

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