There is good news for southwest Buckhead residents in the new fiscal year: Fire Station 23 is back in service as of 7 a.m. July 9.
Michael Wagoner, the president of the Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association, said he was informed by Atlanta Fire Rescue Chief Kelvin Cochran of the reopening of the station and the return of the original fire personnel to Station 23, on Howell Mill Road near Chattahoochee Avenue.
“Regretfully, there is no list of service and benefit enhancements,” Cochran wrote about the new budget in an e-mail to Wagoner. “Where fire and rescue services are concerned, the only benefit citizens and members of AFR gain is the elimination of furloughs. For citizens, the measure restores services that were reduced or eliminated due to furloughs by restoring personnel to normal work hours and work schedules.”
Cochran added that the Fire Department “will have the capacity to staff Engine 23 and Truck 12,” which had been blacked out for budget reasons.
“Brownouts will decrease significantly with eliminating furloughs, but not completely,” Cochran said.
— John Schaffner