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San Diego Real Estate Attorney Discusses Fire Station Brownout and Toddlers Death
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San Diego Fire Station Brownouts Pose Real Risk to the People of San Diego

San Diego Real Estate Attorney Discusses San Diego Fire Station Brownouts

As a citizen and a San Diego Real Estate Attorney, I have been meaning to write a blog article about the San Diego Fire Station brownouts.  The brownouts refer to a cutbacks intended to save $11.5 million in fiscal year 2011.  The end result, less coverage in San Diego for fire and rescue.  You can read the details of the brownout plan by clicking here.

I originally intended to write about the brownouts from the perspective of loss of San Diego property due to increased response times and the potential for someone to die in a fire because of this.  These risks remain as real as ever and should concern every citizen.

I am writing today though because of what just recently happened.  A young boy lost his life after choking.  The parents called 911 when the boy choked but the firefighters (often the first to arrive) did not arrive for 10 minutes.  The target response time is 5 minutes.

According to 10news.com, “the fire engine that would have responded from Station 38 in Mira Mesa was busy filling in for another station whose firefighter crew was unavailable as part of the city’s effort to save money.”

Also according to 10news.com, the fire chief acknowledged that brownouts may have played a role in the child’s death.

Our hearts go out to the parents and family of the child.

What is particularly disturbing to me personally is that we are cutting back on essential safety items to save money in our budget at the same time we are approving massive projects.  For example, the new library recently got the go ahead.  I am a fan of libraries and I have no doubt it will be a fine library.  I just think our money can be better spent right.  We currently have a central library.  While it is not the finest central library in the country by any stretch of the imagination, the need for a new one certainly does not outweigh the need for essential public safety.

I encourage everyone to call their city representatives and ask the brownouts be stopped stopped immediately.  Their contact information can be found here – http://www.sandiego.gov/citycouncil/.

I also encourage everyone to check out the facebook group Friends of Our San Diego Fire Fighters.

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