Local union concerned over frequent fire station closure

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DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- Dayton Firefighters Local 136 is concerned about the frequent closure of Dayton’s Fire Station 10. Union president Steve Dunham covers the Edgemont and Carillon neighborhoods plus the University of Dayton Arena. 

Dunham said response times are usually about four minutes for Fire Station 10. That can increases by two minutes when the station is closed, according to Dunham. 

“That’s a whole lot of time for someone waiting on a true medical emergency or a fire,” said  

Dunham said the city closes the station because of a lack of overtime funding and low staffing. He hopes future talks with the city can improve the situation. 

In a statement sent to 2 News, city officials said, “Ensuring public safety for both our citizens and firefighters is our number one priority.  Since 2012, Dayton Fire has used a staffing model which allows the Fire Department to ensure more efficient service for the city of Dayton.  The current offline status of Engine 10 reflects this model.”

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