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Our membership just received the very unfortunate and untimely news that we are facing a 2.05 million dollar budget cut that is expected to be approved by Redwood City Council on Monday the 26th of October during the scheduled council meeting 1900 hours. This cut is certain to include the closure of E9 (estimated at 1 year currently).

Our request is that if you live or know folks that live in the communities of Redwood City and/or San Carlos that we encourage them to speak out immediately and at the upcoming council meeting against the closing of an engine or modification of essential services. Please remind them that we are currently in the middle of Fire Season as well as a Pandemic. E9 remains one of the busiest companies in san Mateo County at nearly 3000 runs per year. The alternative model is to have Truck 9 respond in its place, of course leaving our ever expanding downtown district without a pumping apparatus and making the truck unreliable to its already expanded district that includes San Carlos and Woodside. It should also be noted that this is likely to affect all of our neighboring agencies by mutual aid dependence and increasing response times in all of our communities!

Correspondence to the entire Council may be sent to:
City Council
c/o City Clerk
1017 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 780-7220
Current Councilmembers serve at-large and represent the interests of all Redwood City residents.
All correspondence sent to the City Council becomes a public record, including contact information.
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I am in your corner. I will write the RWC City Council in favor of maintaining your funding.

The citizens of Redwood City deserve every funded engine and truck company staffed. We support Local 2400 and the professional firefighters of Redwood City. Stay strong brothers.

In such a rich area, there is no excuse for this

Nancy Rudolph


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