Fire Department Bleeds Paramedics

The number of paramedics employed by the city’s fire department has plummeted from around 40 a few years ago to just 15 today — hiking mandatory overtime and prompting the city to recruit workers from out of town and state.

Fire Chief John Alston and Assistant Fire Chief Daniel Coughlin delivered that sobering news at a budget workshop before the Board of Alders Finance Committee.

The workshop marked the latest step in local legislators’ review of Mayor Justin Elicker’s proposed $680 million general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2024 – 25 (FY25), which begins on July 1.

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