Firefighter Shortages Stress Skagit County’s City Departments

When it comes to staffing, fire departments in Skagit County are stretched thin. Some of those involved in municipal departments say the problem is twofold — there are not enough budgeted positions to meet demand, and it is increasingly difficult to fill the positions that do exist. n 1996, the Mount Vernon Fire Department had […]

Joplin Fire, Police Unions Say Pay Raises A Must

Joplin’s public safety workers say they have answered the calls to put out fires and fight crime about as long as they can without increased pay. “As professional firefighters we’ve worked diligently to solve problems,” said Adam Grimes of Joplin Professional Firefighters Local 59, International Association of Fire Fighters. “We have taken cuts to pay […]

Fairfax County Police Chief Declares Personnel Emergency Amid Staff Shortage

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (7News) — Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis and senior staff declared a personnel emergency Thursday, according to a police source, which means mandatory overtime for police officers as FCPD grapples with an ongoing police officer shortage. As of Monday, there were 189 police officer vacancies at FCPD, according to a police union […]