Closed Del City fire station reopens after hiring new firefighters
DEL CITY, Okla. – A local fire station has reopened after it was forced to close due to a shortage of firefighters back in June.
The city closed Del City Fire Station 2, near S.E. 44th and Epperly, after it became clear that staffing was going to be a problem.
On average, the department receives roughly 3,600 calls for service each year, ranging from fire to medical calls.
When the department learned that their normal staffing number would drop to 17 firefighters this fall, they decided to consolidate.
“It’s not a lack of confidence, it’s just a lack of experience. So the decision was made to take the rescue out of service and put those six guys among the two trucks,” Maj. Brandon Pursell told News 4 in June.
Now, officials say the fire station will be back up and running after hiring six firefighters.
The new firefighters have gone through a four-week training academy as well as a two-week orientation period. The new crew will continue to work out of Station 2 until the new central fire station is opened.
Once the new station is built, Fire Station 2 will be closed and repurposed by the city.