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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Cheney's public safety needs - Part 2

Fire Department seeks position to deal with staffing needs and overtime, possiblly training chief it money is there


Last updated 11/27/2019 at 10:32am

CHENEY – Like law enforcement, the city’s Fire Department is looking at adding much needed staff in 2020. Part of that has to do with reducing overtime and maintaining firefighter safety through not only extra bodies but also training.

At the Nov. 12 City Council meeting, Fire Chief Tom Jenkins proposed two new positions as part of the department’s $2.095 million budget request. One would be a “floater” to help with shift rotations while another, if money is available, would focus specifically on training.

“We need to have a well-trained, well-equipped but also well-rested work...

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