Measure Would Eliminate Brownouts, Add More Firefighters in KY

A measure expected to be approved Thursday would eliminate brownouts of fire companies in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Urban County Council is set to approve more than $1 million in overtime for firefighters, according to a report on kentucky.com (http://bit.ly/ZfMeVM).

The move would okay the hiring of two additional classes of recruits, which would ultimately eliminate the need for overtime. Increased overtime costs were what pushed the city to brownout fire apparatus five years ago.

The city would bring on 65 new firefighters and 12 emergency medical technicians for a new ambulance that the division is purchasing.

Read additional details about the situation at http://bit.ly/ZfMeVM.

For more on how the nation’s financial woes have affected firefighting, consider BUDGET CUTS, Safety in Numbers, and Inside a Budget Fight: It Never Ends, and Nobody Wins.

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