Concerned citizens launch fight to save Dallas fire truck

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on August 11, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 12 at 1:23 AM

DALLAS - Bobby Depper handed out fliers on Cedar Springs Road to help support the firefighters at Dallas Fire-Rescue's Station 11.

"I used to be homeless and they have done a lot of me in the past," he said.

He's now giving back to them, hoping to save their ladder truck.

"The city needs to do something else, and do it in another area," Depper said.

Homeowners and businesses in the neighborhood are also voicing their concerns.

"Look at all the high-rise buildings around here," said Jan McDade, a manager at a nearby Black Eyed-Pea restaurant. "I don't understand. I understand budget cuts, but I don't understand taking a ladder truck that will save people's lives. It doesn't make any sense."

Concerned citizens are also taking their fight to save truck 11 online. They launched a website and a Facebook page, with more sites possibly coming. The city's proposed plan impacts other stations. It calls for placing one truck in reserve and relocating nine others. The budget move can save more than $2 million.

All Dallas Fire-Rescue associations are against the city's proposal, including all changes with equipment and work schedules.

City council member Angela Hunt told News 8 that a community advocate informed her of the proposed change.

"It doesn't make sense to remove a ladder company from a station that serves so many mid and high-rises," she said. "We will make sure that our firefighters have the equipment they need to protect its residents and businesses in Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek."

City council member Pauline Medrano is also taking a look at the issue.

"I don't think there is any harm in revisiting the first scenario and see if we can find a happy medium," she said. "I think it's still fluid, but bottom line, if we don't do something, we have to cut from somewhere else."

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