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Paradise Fire Uses 'Brown-Outs' to Compensate for Low Funding

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Oct 02 2012 08:26:48 PM CDT
PARADISE, Calif. -

Station 2 of the Paradise Fire Dept. plans to reopen its doors this Wednesday after being temporarily closed since Sun. Sept. 30, due to budget cuts. Station 1 remained open during this rotational furlough day which the fire department is calling a “brown-out.”

Paradise Fire requested more than $409,234 for overtime as part of their budget, but they only were approved $73,536. That money is meant to last until December. They need the brown-out days to help supplement for the funds the station did not receive.

Station 2 will be closed from Sundays through Wednesdays until CAL FIRE takes over at the beginning of next year.

Fire Chief Rob Cone said that during the rotational station closures, the operating fire stations will service the areas where the brown-outs are in effect.