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AIR DATE: December 13, 2012

The Center for Public Safety Management has delivered its report on restructuring the City of Las Vegas Fire Dept. Suggestions include giving the city all ambulance work or handing it over to others. The report also calls for making rosters more flexible and questions the use of 24-hour shifts. So how will the Las Vegas Fire Dept change? And can it do so without changing its ability to guarantee public safety?
 
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Mike Myers, City of Las Vegas Fire Chief
Dean Fletcher, President, Las Vegas Firefighters Local 1285

 

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    It's irritated me for years that taxpayers are mostly paying firemen to sleep, eat, surf the internet, shop, etc., for there's absolutely no reason except their unionized quest for our cash that they couldn't work five 8-hour days per week like everyone else; after all, this is the 21st century! If they did work normal 40-hour weeks and were actively on a fire at quiting time, just pay them a bit of overtime to finish the job. Further, I guarantee that if they were offered modest starting salaries of, say, $50,000/year, there would be plenty of qualified applicants; paying each firemen hundreds of thousands of dollars per year as we do is beyond ridiculous. Forget the folk-myth... these guys are overpaid parasites, not heroes.
    Tim HuntDec 8, 2012 10:48:43 AM
    Yes what is going to happen ?
    JamesDec 7, 2012 20:18:26 PM
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