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Uptown residents protest removal of fire truck

Residents protest fire truck removal Residents protest fire truck removal

New Orleans -- The New Orleans Fire Department de-commissions a ladder truck at the Arabella fire station, leaving some Uptown residents to worry about their level of fire protection.

Along Magazine Street Saturday, a group of residents protested the fire department's decision to remove ladder truck five from the station.

The fire department recently lost grant funding and as a way to save money, decided to remove ladder truck five from service at Arabella. The residents who oppose the move say 1300 acres of Uptown and over 4,000 addresses will be without any ladder truck protection...until another truck can come from a different station. They say that could take longer than eight to ten minutes which is the national response time for fire trucks.

Resident Susan Krantz says, "Places like Poydras Home will not have a ladder truck in over eight minutes, the whole Magazine and Tchoupitoulas corridor, are without truck protection for over eight minutes and that's just a public safety issue."

Especially concerning...Children's Hospital is one of the tallest buildings that lies within this new corridor.

In an effort to change this decision, some of these residents have started an online petition. They've also written to Mayor Mitch Landrieu with a proposed solution, to bring in another ladder truck. But the mayor and fire department rejected the group's plan.

Mary Margaret Gorman says, "It's not acceptable. The solution that we gave to them gave them ladder coverage that painted the map for the whole city, even redundant coverage in some areas that were the most prone to fires and it also left the ladder protection in Uptown New Orleans which is what we've wanted all along."

Instead, as of Sunday morning, ladder truck five will be a thing of the past. These residents just hope a major fire doesn't break out in a building taller than two stories because they're worried about the consequences if one does.

Mayor Landrieu sent a letter to the group in which he explained the Arabella fire station will still have a pump truck and four firefighters readily available to fight fires.

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