September 1, 2014
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - North Las Vegas is dipping into scarce overtime funds to make sure fire stations are fully staffed on the busy Fourth of July.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that City Manager Tim Hacker gave the overtime authorization to ensure that as many as 50 fire staff members area working Wednesday.
Since July 1, four city fire stations have been closed and six vehicles have been idled on a rotating basis to help close a city budget deficit of more than $30 million.
North Las Vegas Firefighters Association President Jeff Hurley says in a press release that he expects staffing to return later this week to what he terms "ghost town status."