FORT MYERS, Fla. - People living in Fort Myers near Winkler and McGregor Boulevard are concerned. Money has a fire district in that area intermittently shutting down on days staffing is low.
"It really worries me," said Carol Moore.
Fire Station 71 serves the area of Winkler and McGregor, but responds to an average of fewer than 2 calls a day.
To deal with budget woes, the Iona-McGregor Fire District had to take measures. Here's what's going to happen. On days the district drops below 22 employees, station 71 will close for the day. Nearby station 74 will pick up the calls.
Neighbors fear slower response times.
"I understand it could be slower," said Bill Moore.
Fire officials say it should only affect response times by a minute. Still that worries some.
"Minutes can be life and death for some people," Carol said.
The fire district will be putting up signs and sending out alerts on days the station closes.
The fire station will begin intermittently closing at the end of November.