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Immokalee Fire District continues to seek budget solutions

Immokalee Fire District's Station 31 sits closed down on Carson Road on Friday, July, 8, 2011, in Immokalee. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff

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Immokalee Fire District's Station 31 sits closed down on Carson Road on Friday, July, 8, 2011, in Immokalee. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District. David Albers/Staff

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  • Immokalee Fire District's Station 31 sits closed down on Carson Road on Friday, July, 8, 2011, in Immokalee. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Acting lieutenant Daniel Gonzalez speaks to a patient while responding to an allergic reaction medical call on North 15th Street in an area previously covered by the agency's Station 31 on Friday, July, 8, 2011, in Immokalee. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Immokalee firefighter Alan Davis, left, and volunteer firefighter Clay Crewes respond to an allergic reaction medical call on North 15th Street in an area previously covered by the agency's Station 31 on Friday, July, 8, 2011, in Immokalee. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Immokalee volunteer firefighter Clay Crewes, left, and firefighter Alan Davis respond to an allergic reaction medical call on North 15th Street in an area previously covered by the agency's Station 31 on Friday, July, 8, 2011, in Immokalee. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Acting lieutenant Daniel Gonzalez speaks to family members of a patient while responding to a medical call on North 15th Street in an area previously covered by the agency's Station 31 on Friday, July, 8, 2011, in Immokalee. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Firefighter Alan Davis returns to the firetruck after responding to a medical call on North 15th Street in an area previously covered by the agency's Station 31 on Friday, July, 8, 2011, in Immokalee. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Immokalee volunteer firefighter Clay Crewes, left, and firefighter Alan Davis respond to an allergic reaction medical call on North 15th Street in an area previously covered by the agency's Station 31 on Friday, July, 8, 2011, in Immokalee. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Immokalee firefighter Alan Davis, right, checks a map in Station 30 while receiving a call in an area previously covered by the agency's Station 31 on Friday, July, 8, 2011, in Immokalee. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • A note on the door of Immokalee Fire District's Station 31 on Carson Road advises people to call 911 with any emergencies on Friday, July, 8, 2011, in Immokalee. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Immokalee Fire District's Station 31 sits closed down on Carson Road on Friday, July, 8, 2011, in Immokalee. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Immokalee's Engine 30 awaits calls from Station 30 on Friday, July, 8, 2011, in Immokalee. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Two Immokalee firefighters conduct a daily equipment check and cleaning of the fire vehicles at Immokalee Fire District's Station 30, on Thursday, July 14, 2011. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • The emblem on Immokalee Fire District's Pumper 31 fire engine. Recent budget cuts in the fire district reduced the on-duty staff to two firefighters at the station as well as two firefighters at Ave Maria's station. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Acting lieutenant Daniel Gonzalez, left, and firefighter Alan Davis conduct a daily equipment check on Immokalee Fire District's Engine 31 at Station 30, on Thursday, July 14, 2011. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Acting lieutenant Daniel Gonzalez, left, and firefighter Alan Davis wash Immokalee Fire District's Engine 31 during a daily equipment check at Station 30, on Thursday, July 14, 2011. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Firefighter Alan Davis washes Immokalee Fire District's Engine 31 during a daily equipment check at Station 30, on Thursday, July 14, 2011. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Firefighter Alan Davis checks a map while responding to a medical emergency call from Station 30, on Thursday, July 14, 2011.  The call was located in the western part of the city in an area formerly covered by the now-defunct Station 31. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Firefighter Alan Davis arrives at a medical emergency call in the western part of Immokalee on Thursday, July 14, 2011.  The call was located in an area formerly covered by the now-defunct Station 31. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Firefighter Alan Davis takes a blood pressure reading before passing a patient over to Collier County EMS on Thursday, July 14, 2011. The emergency call was located in an area formerly covered by the now-defunct Station 31. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff
  • Acting lieutenant Daniel Gonzalez, left, and firefighter Alan Davis pass a patient off to Collier County EMS at an emergency medical call in an area formerly covered by the now-defunct Station 31. To address recent budget shortfalls, the Immokalee Fire District recently shut down Station 31 covering the western half of the city in addition to layoffs and severance packages. Now, the agency is searching for more creative budget solutions such as temporarily sharing top-level administrators with Big Corkscrew Island Fire District.  David Albers/Staff

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