View Full Version : Rolling Closures A Possibility For Fire Department

Patriotic Sheepdog
07-16-2010, 06:29 AM
I posted a few days ago about a city police department that won't respond to "minor crimes" to save money, well now here is the fire department version in a different city.


What if you stopped by your local firehouse and found the firefighters who would normally be first to answer your call weren't there at all that day?

It could happen.

The city announced as many as four units each day may be taken out of service in neighborhoods city wide in hopes of saving more than $3.5 million in overtime to ease the city's budget crunch.

"He's (Mayor Michael Nutter) rolling the dice and he's playing Russian roulette with people's lives," said Bill Gault, President of Local 22, the firefighters' union.

Unlike past permanent shutdowns of five engine and two ladder companies, which prompted large neighborhood protests, neighbors apparently won't be told in advance or perhaps at all if their local engine or ladder company is being put out of service.

"It's smoke and mirrors. The citizens don't have any idea there's nobody in there," Gault said.

When asked if the rolling service cuts were an attempt to disguise fire department cutbacks in order to defuse neighborhood protests, Mayor Nutter said: "We've been very straightforward quite frankly. We're not disguising anything."

Nutter said the rolling cuts will enable the city to avoid layoffs and added that protection for residents will not be impacted.

"When you call 911, we show up, that's the bottom line," Nutter said.

07-22-2010, 10:58 PM
Why do I get the feeling that this is just one of soon-to-be many examples of what's really going on? Nobody is spending money, which means that sales tax revenues are dropping, which means that many cities won't have the money to provide all the "services" they've agreed to provide. Something has to give. I wonder why they started with the fire department, though, rather than cutting the deadwood at city hall. I didn't see the previous post about the Oakland Police Department, but I've read about it in other places. Frankly, I moved out of San Antonio because the neighborhood I lived in had NO police response after 10 at night. I called 911 at 10:30 and told them that some man was beating up some woman in front of my house, and the dispatcher told me, "I'll see if I can get someone to go out there." They never showed up. The woman ran off, and the drunk guy left. Really brought home to me the saying that, "A gun in the hand beats a cop on the phone."

07-23-2010, 11:44 AM
They go after the Fire Department because the elected officials view it as a very expsensive insurance policy. They roll the dice praying nothing serious will happen.

07-26-2010, 05:23 PM
In my experience...emergency services is the first to be cut....happening herein Florida now...and is the biger city doin it. Go figure