SE Side Would Bear Brunt of Firefighter Layoffs

Somewhere in the pile of creative thinking known as “the blogs” it was suggested that, if three firefighters should really be laid off, perhaps the fire station closest to campus (#3) could be closed during the summer session when most of NIU is gone.

Though I don’t think I wrote this down anywhere, it’s been clear to me from the start — and confirmed today — that if a station were to close due to layoffs, it would be Station 2 on South 7th Street.

Here’s why. Station 2 is way too small and outdated. In fact I think I heard it was originally built as a temporary solution to southside coverage. When they finally build the new station over by Schnuck’s they will probably not keep #2 open. (They may not tear it down, either, because of the effect of asbestos issues on the cost of demolition.)

When a train clogs up Lincoln at least Station 3 vehicles can barrel along Annie Glidden unimpeded to the southwest side but trying to get trucks from Station 1 to the southeast is obviously problematic. Perhaps they could at least leave an ambulance at #2. There are a lot of elderly people in my neighborhood.

This is also one area of town where I guarantee nobody has been getting annual raises of 4% for quite some time.