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Nutter Administration Hoping to Curtail Fire Station ‘Brownouts’

Mike Resnick, the mayor’s public safety director, says overtime savings in other areas within the fire department may allow them to either reduce brownouts or end them outright.

04/29/2014

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Firefighters Upset About Continued Brownout Policy, Despite Impending New Hires

Plans in the mayor’s new budget to hire more firefighters won’t bring an end to the controversial practice called ‘brownouts’ — temporary closures of fire stations. And the firefighters’ union is seeing red.

03/11/2012

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Study Rips Management, Operations of Philadelphia Fire Department

A top-to-bottom assessment of the Philadelphia Fire Department says the department is wracked by low morale and racial strife. And response times are lower than national standards — particularly responses to medical emergencies.

01/18/2012

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Ayers: Brownouts Here To Stay, For Now

Philadelphia City Council wants to end the policy of rolling brownouts, but the Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said they will stay in place.

04/12/2011

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

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.

03/23/2011

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Extra Cash For Philadelphia Fire Department OT, But Brownouts Expected To Stay

Mayor Michael Nutter’s new budget includes extra cash for Fire Department overtime. However, that does not mean he is changing his policy of rolling, temporary closures of fire stations.

03/07/2011

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Firefighter Union Official Questions ‘Brownout’ Role In Fatal Olney Fire

Two children were killed in a fire in the city’s Olney section, and now an official from the firefighters’ union is questioning if Philadelphia’s cost-cutting “brownouts” of fire companies played a role.

02/23/2011

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