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Budget cuts force Waterloo Fire to close Fire Station 6

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Budget cuts are forcing the Waterloo Fire Department to close one of its stations for a while.

The closing of Fire Station 6 off of Ansborough Avenue comes after the Waterloo City Council decided to eliminate three positions with the fire department.

William James has lived a few blocks from Fire Station 6 for 34 years. Although he's never used their services, he says he has comfort in knowing help is close by. So he isn't pleased the fire station will be closing its doors some days this summer.

"I think it would be a disaster for the area," James said. "It's a good location, serves a lot of southwest Waterloo."

Chief Pat Treloar says a tough decision needed to be made. They needed to find ways to save money, but also best serve the citizens of Waterloo.

"Or the other option was ... take down Engine 6, which it closed the station," said Treloar.

The fire department still plans to keep the trucks and equipment at Station 6, but the three people who work there will work in different locations. Treloar expects Station 6 to be closed roughly 10 to 15 days in July and August.

He says there's no sugar coating it -- response times in that area will be slower.

"I don't think there's any getting around it. They will probably see a longer response without that station being there," said Treloar.

But Treloar says there are other stations that could help in an emergency.

"The good thing about Station 6's territory, though, is that Engine 2 -- which is the Crossroads-area engine fire truck -- and Engine 4, which is University and Ansborough, can get into Station or Territory 6 very easily," said Treloar.

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