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New York fire department calls out city for understaffing


The Jamestown fire department says it is understaffed and is putting the blame on the city’s two-decades-old policy.

The union president posted a letter on Facebook saying the policy calls for only nine firemen and a chief, something that does not meet industry standards. Those standards would require the department to nearly double in size to 13-15 firefighters on staff.

The union says an understaffed department creates “a major liability for the city.”

According to WKBW, the mayor says the department is only supposed to be a back-up ambulance service, and that he did not intend to discuss ongoing contract disputes in public.

Mayor Teresi did say he would speak to the union about the issue, though a deal is unlikely to get done.

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