Longshoremen, laborers and others who work or spend time on the Tideflats told Tacoma’s City Council Tuesday that plans to close the city’s lone fire station in the Port of Tacoma would amount to a death sentence.
“In our industry, the accidents tend to be severe and unusual — and never normal,” Donnie Gill, an officer with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23, told council members. “… Any reduction in response times is going to cost lives.”
Gill was among nearly 30 people who voiced concerns or offered suggestions to the council Tuesday about City Manager T.C. Broadnax’s …