- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln’s fire chief says he’s denied a union challenge on the use of a pickup truck for medical calls.

The Lincoln Firefighters Association filed a grievance last month against Lincoln Fire and Rescue Chief John Huff’s order that medical calls to the city’s busiest station be answered in a pickup truck instead of a fire engine. The group says the order endangers firefighters and violates the collective bargaining agreement.

Huff says the May 12 order for crews at Station 1 was more efficient and saves money. He also says his order doesn’t overstep his contractual bounds.

The Lincoln Journal Start reports (http://bit.ly/1pn809f ) union leaders have until June 26 to decide whether to proceed to arbitration.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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