Richmond Considering Fire Dept Cuts

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Updated: 3/20/2012 12:00 am
The Richmond Fire Department is a half-million dollars over budget and may soon see a cut in the number of fire stations in town.

Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes says the city commission will have few other options other than cutting the number of stations.

The city recently paid the fire department 640-thousand dollars in a lawsuit over unpaid overtime.

Mayor Barnes says the suit, along with the added expenses of extra fire engines and staff has caused the department's to become one of the highest in the state for a second-class city according to the Kentucky League of Cities.

Richmond Fire Fighters Union President Dave Bletscher says the department is already working below the national average for fire fighters per engine. He says the numbers Mayor Barnes is referring to are a year old and don't take into account recent retirements and other loss of personnel.

The Richmond City Commission is expected to decide on cuts to the fire department's budget at their April commission meeting.


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tgotech - 12/14/2012 1:41 PM
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rudycaparros - 12/10/2012 6:22 PM
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HazMat Experts and Firefighters petition Dow Chemical and Union Pacific for safe rail tank cars transporting gas chlorine. Secondary containment is a necessary improvement that must be implemented. See--PETITION C KIT for First Responders Comments.

Tax payer - 3/22/2012 9:04 AM
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Call Mayor Barnes and your City Commissioners and tell them you are NOT willing to sacrifice the safety of your family or YOUR firefighters!! Jim Barnes 859.661.6000; Donna Baird 859.582.6950; Robert Blythe 859.661.0289; Richard Thomas 859.248.4497 City hall 623-1000

amdffemt - 3/20/2012 12:28 PM
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Richmond Mayor is punishing the Fire Dept by discussing laying off firefighters for their own mistake. If Richmond would have paid the proper overtime then the city would not be in this situation. The lawsuit was not even started by Richmond Firefighters but the city is blaming them. I hope they will be ready to go into the hole for another lawsuit for retaliation.
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