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Firefighters Say They Have A Plan To Prevent Layoffs

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The City of Sacramento could lose more than 60 full-and-part time fire fighters if the city's proposed budget is passed.  The firefighters say there is a solution and it would actually mean more service.

The firefighters union Local 522 says the cuts can be avoided by adding ambulances.  Firefighter Ryan Henry says each ambulance is worth about $1 million.

HENRY:  "When you add ambulances, the ambulances bring revenues into the city by the fees that are collected by the insurance companies, Medicare, Medi-Cal, private insurance."

The city is proposing cuts of $4 million by eliminating 51 full-time positions and about a dozen part time jobs. Among the layoffs would be two arson investigators and a service technician who keeps firefighter equipment in working order.

Firefighters walked to a budget hearing at City Hall to protest the proposed cuts yesterday.   The City has a budget deficit of $17.5 million. 
Council members say the city should take a look at the firefighters proposal. 
The Council has a budget deadline of June 12. 
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