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Councilman Downard Questions Mayor’s Decision To Eliminate Fire Fighter Positions

Thursday July 28, 2005

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
502.574.4137

Patrick H. Neely
502.574.1351

Louisville, KY - Metro Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson is ignoring a provision inserted in the most recent budget ordinance concerning staffing levels at the Ashland Fire House. The provision, inserted at the request of Democratic Councilman Dan Johnson, specifies that staffing levels should remain the same at the Ashland Fire Station until the completion of the countywide fire station deployment study. Despite that language, Abramson is eliminating positions at the Ashland Station. “This is one more example of our fire fighters finishing last under Mayor Abramson,” commented Councilman Kelly Downard. “The Metro Council, working in a bi-partisan fashion, inserted language into the budget ordinance that calls for staffing levels to remain the same at the Ashland Fire House until after the deployment study has been completed. The Mayor has knowingly ignored that bi-partisan provision, and is moving to eliminate positions immediately, before the study has been completed.” “Why pay for a fire house deployment study if you are going to make changes before the study is even completed?” continued Downard. “This Mayor has a history of ignoring the needs of our fire fighters, and he has now ignored the Metro Council’s decision to preserve several fire fighter positions at the Ashland Station. This seeming indifference to our fire fighters is precisely why we have rodent infested fire houses that are crumbling to the ground. The men and women of the Louisville Fire Department deserve better.”

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