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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

TODAY THE CITY COUNSEL CHAMBER WAS PACKED WITH FIREFIGHTERS, WHO CAME TO SPEAK WITH COUNCIL MEMBERS ABOUT THE crunch THEY ARE FACING.

..ONLY TWO REPRESENTATIVES of THE HOUSTON PROFESSIONALS FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION WERE ABLE TO SPEAK AT THE PODIUM… that made firefighter even more mad. THEY'RE ASKING CITY OFFICIALS TO COME up with the money so that the city won't have to go through the BROWN OUTS"

….HOWEVER ACCORDING TO THE CITY ATTORNEY the ISSUE IS THAT THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT IS CURRENTLY WAY OVER BUDGET, EXCEEDING 447 MILLION DOLLARS ALLOCATED EVERY FISCAL YEAR..

So what does that mean THEY ARE 8 MILLION DOLLARS OVER BUDGET..

 

..ON THE FLIP SIDE HFD UNION REPRESENTATIVES STATED THAT THEIR HANDS ARE TIED ON THIS ISSUE..

 

…THE OVERSPENDING, ACCORDING TO THEM, IS DUE TO STAFFING STORAGE…

..A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE UNION INFORMED US THAT EVERY DAY THE CITY MANDATES THERE BE 832 FIREFIGHTERS, INCLUDING EMS PERSONAL be READY AND AVAILABLE FOR ANY EMERGENCIES

 

..but what is missing from that equation is that the city is already down 502 FIREFIGHTERS…

…ACCORDING TO SOME FIREFIGHTERS, UPHOLDING THEIR BUDGET COULD PUT THE PUBLIC'S SAFETY AT RISK.

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