The City's Fire Stations Are Back in Business

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    The city's fire engines are back in business.

    Brownouts at the city's fire stations, which removed eight fire engines from service a day, came to an end on Friday.

    "On July 1, 2011 for the first time in 17 months our City's fire stations will all be fully staffed," said Councilmember Emerald. "The end of brownouts will mean faster response times and better protection for all San Diegans."

    The brownouts were caused by the city's $178 million budget deficit. Some stations were closed every other month, while others were shut down completely, fire officials said.

    The plan went into effect in February 2010.