SAN DIEGO (CNS) - City leaders on Wednesday are set to introduce a five-year plan to fully staff the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
The proposal stems from a thorough study of the city's needs and current response times presented two months ago.
It will be presented at a meeting of the City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.
The report found that 10 additional fire stations will need to be built.
It also suggested that the SDFRD could create roving two-man squads to be placed at busy stations during time periods that usually generate a high number of calls.
Part of the plan will be phasing back in eight fire engines taken out of service on a rotating basis during the current fiscal year to save $11.5 million. Figures presented by the SDFRD show how the reductions have raised response times to fires, medical aids and traffic accidents.
The phased-in return of the engines is reportedly included in the budget proposal expected to be released by Mayor Jerry Sanders on Thursday.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.
A 30-year-old Vista man was arrested for drunk driving and failure to yield Saturday morning after leading Carlsbad police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing into a pole, according to authorities.
A man, possibly armed, and holed up inside a home in the Bay Park community for about four hours Saturday surrendered to police without incident.
Vacationing homeowners were hit by thieves in Mira Mesa, but thanks to a smartphone app, the crooks did not get away with it.
Signs warning people to stay out of the water are once again posted in Imperial Beach after a new spill from Mexico dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage into the Tijuana River - polluting the South Bay.
Two defense contractors were sentenced to prison Friday for conspiring to steal more than $3 million worth of medical equipment from Camp Pendleton that the military had planned to ship overseas to treat injured Marines.