Fire station to close in Placer Hills district

Staff will alternate between two stations for next four months
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The Placer Hills Fire District announced Wednesday it will close one of its stations for the next four months.

Starting Dec. 1, the district will alternate between closing its Weimar station and its Meadow Vista station. Chief Ian Gow said staff will probably alternate every month from which station it will respond.

The station closure will result in increased response times and possible changes to resident insurance costs.

The fire district covers 12,000 residents and responds to about 1,000 calls a year, Gow said.

Gow said residents in the Applegate area will not see a big change in response times because of their proximity to the two stations but residents in Meadow Vista and Weimar could see the current average response time of six to seven minutes double, Gow said.

The district currently employs four full-time responders, 20 part-time responders and four volunteers. Two current full-time paramedic positions have not been filled as an effort to save costs.

Gow said staff is very “devastated” at the news but will continue to provide the best service possible.

“We’ll do the best we can to provide their protection as always,” he said.

~ Jenifer Gee