In my 18 years, I've seen 3 fire house closings and three Engines (plus our now 'part time' Engine)& a Truck go out of service. It follows something of a predictable pattern.
The Engine becomes a reserve Engine (Last night the 'new' front line engine from South Station was filling in for Engine 2 at Hollenback, even though a reserve engine was available and even though South Station was manned all day. South Station had to use the 20 year old reserve).
Equipment starts 'disappearing' from the Engine or it doesn't get new equipment. (This has been going on for a while)
Equipment needed for building maintenance starts disappearing from the Engine house. (The 24 foot ladder we need to change the lights in the very high ceilings is gone, we had to borrow a floor buffer, etc.)
Repairs to the building get put on the back burner.
Upgrades to the building don't happen.
Is this Engine 3 or a reserve piece now?
Why? I guess some parts of our city are 'more' equal than others.
Dan Emplit WBFD
AKA Don Quixote