Medic unit snarled in Fire Department budget debate
This ambulance, Medic 3, was activated in the spring by former Mayor Jim Suttle and Fire Chief Mike McDonnell. It's meant to boost lagging response times in southeast Omaha — at an annual cost of roughly $725,000. The unit, the center of a city budget debate, is the one that sped City Councilman Garry Gernandt to a hospital after he suffered a recent heart attack at Spring Lake Park during an appearance with Mayor Jean Stothert.
Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013 12:00 am
Mayor Jean Stothert and Omaha's fire union president said Monday that the layoffs of 19 firefighters can be avoided — but each said it was the other's job to make that happen.
The layoffs, effective Jan. 4, were formally announced Monday as Omaha Fire Department officials began hand-delivering pink slips. The 19 people set to lose their jobs are all probationary firefighters hired in February.
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Monday, November 4, 2013 12:00 am.