IFD chief wants to close Butler-Tarkington’s fire station as part of redeployment plan

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 14, 2016)- A neighborhood is fired up over the possibility of losing their fire station.

The Indianapolis Fire Chief wants to consolidate some of the city’s stations.

Under the IFD’s Redeployment Effort, Station 32 in Broad Ripple would add more operations and Station 16 in Butler-Tarkington could close.

“Please do not close them down we need them over here in this area really, really bad,” explains Jeanetta Edwards, who lives in Butler-Tarkington.

Edwards works at a grocery store right across the street from Station 16.  She deals with medical issues and told us she’s called for help at least four times.

“If they weren’t around here no telling, anything could have happened,” explains Edwards.

IFD Chief Ernest Malone assured no firefighters would be losing their jobs under the proposal, which covers the entire 278 square miles service district. Fire officials are confident the changes will not increase response times. Currently the average response time for Station 16 is just over four minutes.

“In our world it’s about efficiencies I have to look for those opportunities to create efficiencies in this case a $2.1 million annual savings something that doesn’t get those response times and our ability to respond out of whack,” explains Chief Ernest Malone, with IFD.

The proposal also suggests the closure of two stations in Franklin Township, which will be replaced by a new station.

One of those stations would become a fitness center for firefighter training.

The Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association board unanimously voted not to approve the plan.

The mayor will have the final say on the plan and if approved the Butler-Tarkington fire station could be closed as early as this summer.