Friday, October 28, 2005

Firefighter Costs in Brookfield Are Blazing

Once again, the City of Brookfield's cost-of-firefighters is heating up.

For the fourth year in a row, Dahms is on pace to exceed the total Fire Department budget, which for 2005 is $6.3 million.

Last year, he exceeded the total $6.1 million budget by about $140,000, or 2.4%.

We've mentioned before that the City of Brookfield sends an engine company on each and every ambulance call, which is just plain silly. The excuse: 'the paramedics may need help.'

Yeah, well, the City has a police department chock-full of healthy officers who can be very helpful, too; and they are surprisingly mobile!! They can drive fast, use sirens, ALL that stuff, just like the fire department.

Chief Dahms should be looking hard at re-writing the "work rules" next contract.

1 comment:

Shana said...

Our city does that too. Doesn't matter what is going on, at least one firetruck accompanies every ambulance and vice versa. Funny thing though, when you call the police to tell them some kids are setting fire to the carpet of the porch on the building across the street, they are nowhere to be found...