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‘Effective budgeting’ helps Mich. officials place 24-hour staffing in firehouse

Farmington Hills leaders have increased firefighter staffing and hope to improve response times

By Anne Runkle
Daily Tribune

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Farmington Hills’ Fire Station #3 is now staffed around the clock.

The station at Grand River Avenue and Middlebelt Road was previously in operation from 7:30 a.m.-midnight daily, the city said in a release.

The city increased staffing “through effective budgeting practices,” the release said.

“The additional staffing will reduce response times in the southeast corner of the city and improve customer service for all residents of Farmington Hills,” said Fire Chief Jon Unruh.

“No matter where you live in the city, we want to make sure every resident is confident that the Farmington Hills Fire Department will be there quickly whenever they are in need.”

Mayor Theresa Rich and the City Council joined city officials and Fire Department representatives at the station on Jan. 6 to mark the day that 24-hour operations began.

The Fire Department provides fire and emergency medical services, as well as fire prevention, safety education and fire code enforcement.

Firefighters/paramedics operate out of five fire stations located throughout the community.

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