Closure of Fire Station 6 Delayed by Memphis City Council

Closure of Fire Station 6 Delayed by Memphis City Council

Fire Station 6 in north Memphis won't be closing, at least not yet.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Fire Station 6 in north Memphis won't be closing, at least not yet.

Faced with budget cuts, Memphis Fire Director Alvin Benson said closing Fire Station 6 would help save the department $1.2 million. More than 100 fire positions are also on the chopping block, along with the decommissioning of one fire truck.

Mayor A C Wharton and Memphis Fire leaders agreed Tuesday to delay the station's closure for 30 days. Several residents from the surrounding community were present at city hall to voice their concerns.

Memphis City Councilman Joe Brown proposed taking $1 million from the city's reserve to keep Fire Station 6 open for another year; however, the state comptroller has warned the city on using reserve funds to compensate for budget shortfalls.

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