Closing and selling Fire Station 2 to cut costs is out of the question for Costa Mesa Fire Chief Mike Morgan, who says doing so could increase response times and create long-term problems for the department.
The proposal to sell the firehouse at 800 Baker St. is one of 19 suggestions the Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. came up with to help the city close a projected $16.4 million budget gap next fiscal year.
"It would increase paramedic response time into those residential areas south and north of Baker," Morgan said. "There are a lot of residential and a lot of apartments in that area and we don't want to increase response time in those areas."
Morgan said he discussed the idea with City Manager Allan Roeder and they agree that closing the firehouse would not be in the best interest of the city. The Baker station houses four personnel and one engine.