PALO ALTO (KCBS) – The city wants to change mandatory staffing levels and merge Station 2 and Station 5 to cut costs and improve efficiency.

Palo Alto City Manager Pam Antil said the idea for the station merger came after a five-month study revealed the way fire stations are staffed does not match the volume of calls for service.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“We have a minimum staffing under our union agreement which requires the same number of people on duty throughout the city at the eight stations 24-7 regardless of the call volume,” she said.

A centrally located station could respond more quickly to calls now routed to Station 2 and Station 5, she said.

The city cannot change staffing levels unless the firefighters union agrees. No one from the union was immediately available for comment.

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