- Associated Press - Sunday, September 7, 2014

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Decatur Fire Chief Tony Grande says a city proposal to eliminate 15 positions could put the department out of compliance with national standards and impact the department’s ability to respond to multiple blazes at once.

The Decatur Daily reports (https://bit.ly/1oVbzS7 ) Mayor Don Kyle proposed eliminating the unfilled positions during a budget hearing last week.

Kyle said the move could help the city save $800,000, which could help the city balance its budget ahead of the start of the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1. Councilman Chuck Ard says he’d like to see information on firefighter safety and details on how long the department’s response times could be.

The positions that have been proposed for elimination were added four years ago and were funded with money from a federal grant.

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Information from: The Decatur Daily, https://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml

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