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Ayers: Brownouts Here To Stay, For Now

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Nutter Administration’s controversial policy of temporary closures of fire stations isn’t going away, much to the chagrin of City Council members.

At a hearing on the Fire Department’s budget, several council members made crystal clear to Commissioner Lloyd Ayers that they object to the temporary closure policy, known as rolling brownouts.

Third District Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, said, “We continue to say to the administration, to the mayor, that we’d like to go back to the day when we don’t have brownouts.”

The brownouts were instituted to reduce fire department overtime (see related story).  Commissioner Ayers told Council that, despite an increase of $2.5 million in overtime, the brownouts will continue, “We expect to staff using overtime, and we expect the brownouts to stay where they are right now.”

Council asked Ayers for figures on firefighter injuries when responding to calls affected by the brownouts.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Dan Vaughan

    ….and they earmark $500,000 dollars to erect a statue near MSB (I think). Give the Police Commisioner a $60,000 raise. The city won’t give the citizens of Philadelphia the protection they are entitled to. And, put the people who protect us at risk. People, WAKE UP!!!!!

  • Carolyn

    “Brown-outs are here to stay for now”! I guess so, the police commissioner’s pay raise is more important than people lives…LMAO!!

  • Tyshaan

    I just you tubed Commissioner Ayers and one of the top videos was of him in uniform promoting a book store called “black and noble”. And that’s fine, however, is this standard procedure? It just seems alil of fire Dept subject on fire Dept time and unprofessional.

  • Nik

    I watched Ayers testimony last night. I must say he had zero answers and was unprepared. I really lost all respect for him. It seems like a 6 yr.old could run the Dept. with more confidence than Ayers. Even with the Brownouts, there is still a ton of overtime for firefighters. To an uneducated person like me, that sounds like money over lives.

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