Firefighters’ response times could increase with the suspension of a four-person ladder company taken out of service as part of the city’s spending cuts, officials said. The ladder company based at Fire Station 32, 2424 E. Villa St. — comprised of a ladder truck, a fire engine, and a rescue ambulance — has been taken out of service for the remainder of this month and for at least 160 days of the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Pasadena Fire Department Chief Dennis Downs said the suspension will likely increase response times to some emergencies, particularly on the eastern side of the city.
“Our service is not going to be as efficient and effective as we would like. But we will still manage,”