CNN weighs in on fire cuts
Alameda has had more than its 15 minutes in the national spotlight of late, and the Island’s latest star turn is in this CNN report on cuts to local fire departments.
According to the report, six percent of America’s cities have made cuts to their fire departments, which their reporters took as a sign of the depth of the current recession since public safety are typically the last departments to be cut.
Firefighters, including Alameda’s, say that the cuts are jeopardizing firefighters’ and residents’ safety. But department leaders across the country said, as they have said here, that the charges are untrue, and that they’re doing the best they can with what they have.
Locally, a measure that would require city leaders to provide a minimum level of fire staffing is headed for a November ballot, and a companion measure that will likely detail how to pay for the workers is being drafted by the city attorney’s office. The city has also sued to stop the firefighters’ ballot measure.