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Harrisburg to close one of its fire stations

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Harrisburg will permanently close one of its four fire stations in order to streamline firefighting operations in the city.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse and acting Fire Chief Brian Enterline announced the closing of Fire Station 6, at 336 South 2nd Street, during a news conference Friday afternoon.

Papenfuse and Enterline said closing the station - which typically serves South Harrisburg and Shipoke - will help the city meet its budgetary responsibilities without risking public safety.

The closing will not involve layoffs, but will help consolidate resources to improve efficiencies in the fire department, Enterline said.

Tower 3 from Station 6 will be put in reserve status and water rescue equipment will be moved to Station 2, at 140 North 16th Street, and City Island.

Enterline said Fire Station 6 is the city's oldest active fire station, is located in the flood plain, and is in need of major repairs. It has been temporarily closed several times in the last 30 years.

 

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