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Nutter Wants Increased Fire Dept. Budget But Would Keep ‘Brownouts’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Nutter Administration told City Council members Tuesday that the controversial policy of temporary closures of fire stations is not going to change, even with an increase in the Fire Department budget.

The mayor proposes increasing the Fire Department budget by more than $2.5-million for additional overtime, but at a hearing, council members wanted to know if this meant at least a reduction in the use of so-called temporary ‘brownouts’ of fire stations — which began last year in order to trim firefighter overtime.

The answer that Councilman Frank Rizzo got from the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Clarence Armbrister, was no.

“So we don’t anticipate any change at all, not even lessen it?” Rizzo asked.

“No because it would just increase the overtime expenses,” Armbrister told him and he said the overtime expenses and the rolling closures would continue until a new Fire Academy class is hired.

That has been held up by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling which forces changes in the admissions exams.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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  • Linda D Bryant

    The Nutman and all members of the City Counsel should accept a pay-cut.

    Stop the BROWNOUTS!!!–They cost people’s lives!!!!!!

  • NS

    If Nutter wants to save money, he should get rid of his overpaid and unnecessary Deputy Mayors and have the operating departments report directly to the Managing Director, like the City Charter requires. You don’t cut basic city services like police, fire, and sanitation when you have the most bloated and overpaid executive staff in history.

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