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Fire department operations to be discussed at meeting Tuesday night

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Firefighters prepare for emergency calls at Engine 3 in Meriden. Firefighters prepare for emergency calls at Engine 3 in Meriden.
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

The finance committee will meet Tuesday night to discuss the possibility of keeping open a firehouse without fire engines.

Firefighters said the closure of Engine 3 on Broad Street would be an issue of public safety.

City officials previously told Eyewitness News the closure of the firehouse could save nearly $900,000, which would otherwise be passed to taxpayer.

Firefighters from Engine 3 said they handled more than 2,200 calls last year.

Firefighters told Eyewitness News if Engine 3 closes, Engine 2, which is closest, would pick up most of the slack. Last year, firefighters went out on more 3,100 calls at Engine 2, and Engine 4 saw more than 1,550 calls.

"Save Engine 3" has been a rallying cry for the firefighters and they have attended several meetings wearing speciality-made T-shirts. 

The finance committee voted 4-1 on April 30 to keep the firehouse open.

At Tuesday night's meeting, the joint public safety/finance committee will discuss proposal is to make engine 3 a fire house without fire engines and equipping it with just SUVs capable of responding to medical calls.

Fire officials are against it and so are people who live closest to Engine 3.

"We need to fire engine trucks to make sure we are safe," said La'toshia Pharham of Meriden.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. inside the council chambers at city hall. There is no public comment at the meeting.

The Meriden Fire Department has more information on its Facebook page. Click the following link.

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