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UPDATE: Case for a third fire station

Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen is continuing to make his case for a third fire station in Saratoga Springs.

He is pushing for a vote tonight on the purchase of land that could be used for a third station. Mathiesen argues in an "explanation and clarification" about the proposal for a third fire station, which is available below, that by securing land ahead of time, the city might be eligible for grant funding, based on a 2008 federal grant that was offered.

The defense also deals with the most controversial part of the plan, which is the staffing needed for a new station. Mathiesen rejected the idea that 16 more firefighters would be needed to staff the facility.

"There are a number of staffing options associated with the proposed station," reads the explanation. "Each staffing option is based on the services that will be provided and the resources needed to provide that service."

He has previously suggested that staffing can be kept down by only putting three firefighters on a crew, which is below the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Fire Protection Association recommendation that four firefighters should be on each crew.

UPDATE: This item has been pulled from tonight's agenda due to an emergency in Mathiesen's family.

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