People in Baker have hope in their fire department; Baker fire station closure
POSTED: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 6:20pm
BAKER, LA (NBC33) — Some firefighters from Baker are going to be out of jobs because the city does not have enough money to keep it fire station open.
People in Baker said they are shocked the fire station on Lavey Lane is closing down, and they hope the fire department will still protect them in case of an emergency.
Kynisha Grinner works right up the street from the Baker fire station that's closing down.
"They do respond fairly quickly. So, I don't think it will be as much as an issue as far as distance from Groom Road to Lavey Lane if something was to happen," Grinner said. "I think they would still get there pretty fast."
When it closes, Baker will only have one fire station, and Grinner does not think it will be a problem.
"Especially with a new fire station right there on Groom Road which is only a couple of minutes away," Grinner said. "It's not as bad as some people may think it is because that one is right up the street."
Duane Jordan said the station was a great addition to the community and does not want to see it go.
"It's kind of shocking. I was actually shocked to see that station was actually closing. It didn't just happen that this station is there," Jordan said. "It took a lot of work and everything to get it there, and it's all there to help the city."
Baker Fire Department Chief Danny Edwards said they are cutting ten employees.
"You know, it's tough for me to have to make those cuts because we've come so far with the department. We've built it the way it is today. Although we want to be angry, we have to look at the city's revenues and the mayor's having to do what he has to do to try and balance the budget."
Edwards said public safety will still be his top priority.
"We going to respond as usual," Edwards said. "We're going to get to this side of the district as quick as possible, and nothing's going to change in that respect."
"I do believe that we probably have one of the best fire departments around here, and everybody needs to take some pride in that."
The fire station will shut down November 1st. The move will save the city of Baker about $200,000 a year.