September 2, 2014
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - Officials say two of the eight fire
stations in North Las Vegas were shuttered Monday because there
weren't enough firefighters on duty.
City Manager Tim Hacker tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal the
stations closed because more firefighters than usual called in
City firefighters union president Jeff Hurley says the closures
came from a budget policy that limits overtime. He denies that
firefighters were staging a sickout as part of an ongoing budget
battle with city leaders.
Hacker insists that there were enough stations nearby to take care of fire calls without any danger.
Hacker says the city had to tighten the belt after the fire department racked up $2.5 million in overtime this fiscal year, well over the $1.5 million it budgeted.