City Council notifies administration that it will not support budget staffing just 153 firefighters
Jo C. Goode
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted Apr. 25, 2014
FALL RIVER — Mayor Will Flanagan was given notice by the City Council that it will reject any fiscal 2015 budget that includes the layoff of 60 city firefighters.
City Council President Joseph Camara said he polled his council colleagues and they all agreed that a fire department complement of 153 was not adequate and could even pose a public safety issue.
“When the fire chief comes and tells us that a first response can come on time but the second response will be delayed, that hurts,” Camara said. “That’s no way to run the city. The numbers don’t work.”
Camara said he’s informed Flanagan about the council’s intentions.
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