Nothing will burn up a group of firefighters quite like the threat of closing fire stations and laying off some of their uniformed members. Throw in some very curious bureaucratic moves and you’ll understand why tensions are running high among the Presidio’s firefighters and emergency medical service employees this week.

Officials from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Presidio Trust on Monday convened a review panel to consider recommendations from a consultant that suggested the two agencies — which jointly pay for fire services — could save money by closing one of the department’s two fire stations and eliminating up to 14 of 42 firefighters and emergency medical technician jobs. But the fact that they are considering the recommendations has members of the only full-time fire department in the U.S. National Park Service suggesting the odds are against them.

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