Manteca will do something in May that hasn’t been done for at least 65 years — open a new fire station with full staffing, reports Manteca / Ripon Bulletin.
That wasn’t the case when the fourth station opened in 2014 as inadequate staffing meant for at least 30 percent of the time before the city could afford the manpower to staff an engine company 24/7 the station was covered with a two-man rescue squad.
It was even worse when the third station on Louise Avenue was finished in 1985. The station sat empty for more than a year because the city couldn’t afford to staff it. The city at the time was struggling to keep up with growth and had depleted the general fund reserves to the point there was only a little over $1,000 left.