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The Ashland Fire Department could be forced to cut three firefighters

The Ashland Fire Department could be forced to cut three firefighters

Posted: May. 14, 2019 6:51 PM
Updated: May. 14, 2019 6:51 PM

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is newswatch ompson spoke to ashland fire chief michael d'orazi today. leah the city of ashland is seeing a two million deficit each year. the possible budget cut isn't just considering cutting three firefighters... it could also reduce the fire departments overtime budget. today i spoke to people in ashland about what they think about these possible cuts. chimes nat businesses in ashland are getting ready for fire season. louann david i think its a frightening thought. louann david is the owner of manzanita home and flower in ashland. today i spoke to her about the possible budget cuts in the ashland fire department. louann david to not have as many firefighters as we could possibly afford. i'm just wondering why or what other avenues they've looked for the money for that they've rejected. the city of ashland has a 2 million dollar deficit each year. the budget this year is trying to fix that problem by cutting city staffing. which could possibly include three firefighters. chief when you talk about reducing level of staffing in the fire department that leads to the potential of increased response times and when you talk about increased response times that's never a good thing in an emergency services. ashland fire chief michael d'orazi says when it comes to the department's budget there is not a whole lot of wiggle room. 75 percent of the budget is made up of salaries and benefits. chief it's not just a spot on a list. these are human beings who are excellent firefighters and to loose them would be a big deal. the proposed budget cut also means a reduction in their overtime budget. chief of course depending on the situation for instance during wildfire season we often go and help other agencies in oregon and california. louann david i would think that they would need every firefighter that's possible, possibly willing to do the job. david is concerned that when wildfire season starts the fire department will be short staffed. louann david i don't think we have the luxury of reducing the amount of firefighters. the fire department budget cuts will be discussed tomorrow at ashland city council from 6 pm to 9 pm. we will continue to update you on this developing story on our website kdrv dot com. live in ashland leah thompson newswatch 12. [a13]top stories-stinger a top
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