Fire Union Rallying North Memphis Reisdents to Keep Station Open

Fire Union Rallying North Memphis Reisdents to Keep Station Open

Voices are votes and the louder you are the more city hall will hear your cries. That was the message Monday night to motivate north Memphis residents to call city council and Mayor A C Wharton to keep Fire Station 6 open.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Voices are votes and the louder you are, the more city hall will hear your cries. That was the message Monday night to motivate north Memphis residents to call city council and Mayor A C Wharton to keep Fire Station 6 open. Last week the fire director said he had no choice but to shut it down due to budget cuts.

There were about 50 residents who attended the meeting, but fire union reps say that wasn't good enough to get city hall's attention. They're trying to build the momentum even more to get city leaders to listen and keep their neighborhood fire station open.

"It's time for this body here and this neighborhood to stand up and be heard," said the Memphis Fire Association Union President, Thomas Malone, in front of the crowd at Pleasant Green Baptist Church. "If this was out east they would be marching the streets!"

No one in North Memphis was happy their fire station will close in a couple of weeks, but not many showed up to really show they cared.

"If we're going to be successful, no offense but this little group ain't gonna make it," said Malone.

Dorothy Duncan went door-knocking all day, reminding her neighbors to attend Monday night's meeting at the church.

"That fire station has been here over 60 years," she said.

Duncan is scared if it shuts down, the life of her son, a wounded veteran, would be at risk. A few months ago he couldn't breathe and his kidneys were failing.

"They were there within 4 minutes, they came and helped me," said Marvin Duncan, who lives down the street from Fire Station 6.

Firefighters saved his life twice

"If something happens what fire station do I call next? And how long is it going to take them to get here?" he asked.

Fire Director Alvin Benson tried to answer some of those concerns.

"There are 3 stations within 1.3 miles in this very location," said the director.

Pastor A.J. Williams fears that's not good enough.

"I believe when you cut something like fire, I think it always hurts somebody," said the Pleasant Green Baptist Church pastor. "There are a lot of elderly live in this community."

Director Benson says the cuts are tough but necessary. Residents are hoping they can change it.

"Voices are votes. Votes are heard," stated Malone.

Director Benson said closing Fire Station 6 will 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.
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