Sep 10, 2013 9:04 AM by AP
Baker's fire station on Lavey Lane could become the first visible symbol of an austerity program tied to several years of deficit spending in the city's general fund.
Fire Chief Danny Edwards says he will have to close the station Nov. 1 and discontinue using part-time, contracted firefighters to meet Mayor Harold Rideau's budget-cutting target this fiscal year.
Edwards said the city could lose its Class 2 fire insurance rating because of the cutbacks.
Rideau said he did not tell Edwards to close the station or what spending cuts to make.
The city earned a Class 2 insurance rating after a 2009 rating inspection and is due for another inspection next year.
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