City firefighter layoffs possible - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

City firefighter layoffs possible

Jody Lawrence-Turner
Staff writer - Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE, Wash. - Calls for fire service in Spokane have gone up, but the number of firefighters may be going down.

Layoffs are possible, officials told Fire Department employees Tuesday during the biannual State of the Department. It would take 15 positions to trim nearly $1.3 million from the department's budget, they said.

More information from

www.spokesman.com

City Administrator Ted Danek and Gavin Cooley, the city's chief financial officer, were at the presentation to begin discussions of the city's $5.5 million budget shortfall. City officials had the same type of brainstorming session with the Spokane Police Department.

"These discussions are to try to avoid cutting positions," said Danek, adding he's interested in hearing cost-saving ideas about daily operations from firefighters.

Read the rest of the story at the Spokesman.com.

 

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