If the station closes, what will be left to primarily serve the downtown area is Fire Station #1 on Middlefield Road and the Fire Station #4 on Alameda de las Pulgus. Quite frankly, by the time these firefighters arrive, it could be curtains for many. Old wood structures commonly found in the downtown area, without fire sprinkler systems, could burn very quickly - and take neighboring properties with them.
I'm not sure what the solution is. However, the City Council, as leaders in our community, needs to help find an answer. There is much at stake. I trust that they will spend the time reviewing the options and using their best judgment to find ways to safeguard our community.
For more information on this important matter, please refer to the Fire District Staff Report, dated June 30, 2014 and consisting of 32 pages, shown below.
For more information on the Oak Grove Avenue fire station, refer to the web page shown below.
This may be a complex issue, but nevertheless an important one that begs for a solution.