The Richmond Register

Local News

July 6, 2013

Army depot to furlough firefighters despite safety concerns

County fire chief, Congressman say community could be at risk

(Continued)

RICHMOND —

“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 shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

What county fair attraction do you like most?

Amusement rides
Beauty pageants
Flora Hall craft exhibits
Horse shows
Livestock, poultry shows
Truck, tractor pulls
Mud, dirt races
Gospel sing
I like them all
     View Results