Sacramento Fire Dept. Hopes to Replace Outdated Fire Stations

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The Sacramento Fire Department said it has outgrown two of its fire stations.  They’re hoping to use city money, allocated from measure U, to replace them.

One of the outdated stations is on North C street next to Loaves and Fishes.

"It'll be a blessing on one side and a loss on another,” said Malcolm Johnson.

Johnson works near the fire station and says he’d miss having it nearby but understands that change is overdue.

The station has been operating since the 1940s.

“While it served its purpose and it has a very nostalgic feel to its look and its ambiance, the reality is it's obsolete and it actually has structural issues, which pose a risk and a danger to our members as well,” said Sac Fire spokesperson Roberto Padilla.

Padilla said the structure is not earthquake safe and modern fire equipment barely fits inside.

There’s a similar issue at station 15 in South Natomas.

That station started as a temporary fire house but it’s been functioning for 20 years.

"We're surprised because the fire station makes us feel secure in case something happens and they’re always around,” said Fred Bernardo.

Bernardo lives near the Natomas fire station.

If the city council approves the funding, the fire houses would not be moving far.

The Sacramento Fire Department said the stations would be replaced by new ones closeby.

The city council is expected to make a decision soon.