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July 6, 2013

Army depot to furlough firefighters despite safety concerns

County fire chief, Congressman say community could be at risk



“I’ve never seen a fire department with too much staffing,” Johnson said. “Any time you take away two or three bodies, it’s a big concern.”


Congressman pushes for exemption

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and his staff have been working since March to convince local depot and Army leadership not to furlough firefighters.

Barr said the Defense Secretary’s memo makes it clear the fire department should not be furloughed.

“They are the best fire department in the entire Army,” Barr said. “We need that kind of talent in place at the depot at all times.”

The last correspondence Barr’s office received from the Secretary of the Army was that the issue was being further examined.

Although the furloughs start Monday, Barr said he wasn’t giving up.

“We have to continue to make the Army aware of this,” he said. “We won’t rest until we get a solution.”

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at or 624-6694.

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