Newark officials say fire house closure will actually improve response

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One fire house is closing in the state?s largest city, but leaders in Newark say the move will actually make fighting fires easier. Since 1992, the Newark Fire Department has employed a cost-saving measure known as rotational closing. As part of the measure, 10 of the city's fire houses were closed 25 percent of the time. City officials have announced they are changing that system to make sure every fire house is fully operational with both a ladder and an engine. As part of the reorganization, Engine 17 will close and 60 new firefighters will be hired. Firefighter Union Vice President Luther Roberson says the trend of cutting from emergency services in any way is unsettling and will compromise quality in the long run. However, Newark Fire Department Director David Giordiano insists that the quality of service will not be sacrificed.

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