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October 1, 2014

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North Las Vegas laying off 40 firefighters

The City of North Las Vegas began sending pink slips on Thursday to 40 city firefighters, which could lead to browning out certain fire stations and shutting down fire engines.

The 40 firefighter positions were slated for reduction in the fiscal 2012 budget approved May 17 by the City Council. The cash-strapped city could lay off more than 250 city employees as it tries to plug a $30.3 million budget shortfall next year.

In addition to the 40 firefighters, positions being considered for elimination include 154 Teamsters, 43 police officers, five Police Supervisors Association members, nine temporary employees and eight non-union employees.

The final number of layoffs could be reduced if city and union leaders agree on additional union concessions.

Jeff Hurley, the president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1607, said the city hasn't accepted firefighters’ concessions, which “equates to a 24 percent reduction in salary and benefits,” he said. The union is in its sixth round of concessions in two years, Hurley said.

“The city’s response was they were still going to lay off firefighters,” he said. “These are drastic numbers. Forty firefighters equates to over 25 percent of our emergency responders in North Las Vegas.”

Hurley said with these reductions, the city might have to close fire stations during certain hours and eliminate the use of certain fire engines. On any given day, the city has 58 firefighters working, he said.

On May 4, the city reached a tentative agreement with the firefighters' union to save the jobs of 33 firefighters in exchange for $4 million in the union’s fifth round of concessions. The 40 firefighter positions being eliminated this month are not part of the 33 firefighter positions saved as part of the agreement, Hurley said.

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  1. Glad to hear it!

    Every time they lay off one of these greedy overpaid goons it frees up over $100K in revenue. Or, in the case of the CCFD slugs, over $200K.

    1 FireFrauder fired = 4 Teachers saved

    Firemen are anything but 'working class'. They make more than you and I put together, and they do it lounging about cushy fire stations figuring out how they can scam taxpayers out of even more money to pay for their ridiculous pay and benefits.

    Fire all of them and you could replace every one of these arrogant morons with ivy league graduates for half the cost.

  2. Maybe what needs to be done, is to look at the pay scales for other cities, say 10 that are the size of North Las Vegas, take the average of those salaries and benefits, and PAY THAT.

    It might put an end to all the bickering. And IF these NLV Fire Fighters and Police Officers don't like it, well, the City of North Las Vegas can certainly begin recruiting in the 10 above mentioned cities and get plenty of applicants for the positions.

    Times have changed, and so has housing here in Clark County, and people looking FOR WORK, at a reasonable price.

    Time to be reasonable on ALL SIDES.

  3. Nobody should ever wish harm upon another. Why would you want another man with a family and kids to be laid off? Who cares what job they had, do you think its going to be easy for these guys to get another job in this town? They applied for a job and got it, that's it. Many moons ago I learned that bieng a hater gets you no where. Help your fellow man don't push him into the abyss. How would you explain to your family you just got laid off as so many of us have? Take a deeeeeep breath and release, yep your human so act like it.