Jean Stothert's fire plan: layoffs and idled rigs

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Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:00 am

Mayor Jean Stothert is ready to lay off firefighters and idle firetrucks and ambulances to rein in next year's Omaha Fire Department budget.

Stothert says such cost-cutting measures would be needed to balance the 2014 city budget. She said she is unwilling to spend more than $90.6 million on the fire budget, which is about $3.2 million less than the latest proposal from Fire Chief Mike McDonnell.

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