A local news source has reported that the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is considering adding the Ocean Beach Fire Station on Voltaire – a one-unit fire station – to its list of fire-stations subject to “brown-outs”, as part of the budget cutting for fiscal year 2012. Reductions in lifeguard services are also being contemplated to meet the $72 million budget deficit.
San Diego Community News Group (they publish the Peninsula-Beacon and other news outlets) quoted SDFD Chief Javier Mainar stating:
“We will have to — for the first time — consider browning out single-unit fire stations.”
Mainar said that Station 22 on Catalina Boulevard and Station 15 on Voltaire Street are single-engine fire stations that could be considered for brownouts.
For lifeguards, Ocean Beach – along with other beaches north – could lose what’s termed “a lifeguard level-I tower relief.”
The News Group also reported an adverse reaction from Councilman Kevin Faulconer, who represents Ocean Beach:
“The council is not interested in making [those] cuts. I will not support those cuts. The choice is not between cuts or taxes. The choice is between reform or taxes.”
Ed Harris, the Lifeguard union rep from the Teamsters is also quoted:
“In my opinion, we’ve already cut Sunset Cliffs. We virtually have eliminated the large surf staffing.”
It is reported that Sunset Cliffs “has already seen fewer lifeguards as a result of the shrinking budget. …In years past, lifeguards posted a truck and staff along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard during large surf.”
Here is a link to the article .