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City leaders to introduce plan to fully staff SD Fire-Rescue Department

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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.

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