City of Lexington Announces Plan to Avoid Fire Station Brownouts

(Ryan Dearbone)
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Updated: 4/27/2012 7:33 pm

       The city of Lexington says its fire department will scale back on state-mandated training requirements for the next several months.

      Officials say this will buy the department some time until a new fire class is trained.

     All this is a reaction to the brownouts, or temporary closings, of firehouses.

     The Department was already struggling with funding cuts when 41 people retired in January.

     It's cutting class training by 2 weeks.

     The city says despite the changes, it will still meet the mandatory minimum requirements by state and federal guidelines.

     It’s also looking at a limited use of overtime, something officials had previously said was not an option.

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