Uncertain future for New Iberia fire station - KLFY News 10

Uncertain future for New Iberia fire station

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New Iberia's Fire Station No. 2 was shut down on Friday due to a lack of staff, one of a handful of times in last couple of weeks, which Mayor Hilda Curry and Fire Chief Ronald Bourque say may be permanent come October.

Both say permanently closing that fire station will not affect the city's fire rating or response time, because of Fire Station No. 1 in close proximity.  

Bourque says he doesn't want to see Fire Station No. 2 close, but with the city running a $2 million deficit, the city needs to be frugal.

The $15,000 the city council put forth for overtime pay could go towards staffing Fire Station No. 2, but Bourque says using that money would do more harm than good for New Iberia's citizens, because he needs to pay firefighters overtime when there are severe emergencies.

Curry, who is responsible for day-to-day operations, says the city will continue to close Fire Station No. 2 as needed, reiterating that the city is tightening its fiscal belt.

"I'm being fiscally responsible. We're only spending overtime throughout the city when it is absolutely necessary," says Curry.

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