Westbrook considers closing one of its fire stations

4:51 PM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
Westbrook Pride's Corner Fire Station
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WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A suggestion from a Westbrook city councilor to shut down the Pride's Corner fire station in order to save money has firefighters concerned emergency response times would double if that were to happen.

The Pride's Corner station on Route 302 is just one of two fire stations in the city.  

The suggestion to close it was recently brought up as a way to reduce overtime costs.

During a news conference Friday, Joseph Carroll with the Westbrook Fire Department said if the station were to shut down, the nearest station from outside city limits is Portland Engine 9 on Forest Avenue, and it would take them longer to respond to fires and other emergencies.

"We've had numerous cases of success stories out here for people we've been able to save through live saving efforts and CPR, and that alone makes this station worthwhile," Carroll said.

Westbrook City Administrator Jerre Bryant said Friday the city hasn't taken any action on the suggestion, and city officials are looking into the idea to see if it's a viable option.

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