New Orleans Firefighters Balking At Consolidation Of Dispatch

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The board of the Orleans Parish Communications District agreed Tuesday to the city’s plan to consolidate all 911 operators and dispatchers, but it put off dealing with thorny questions about how the move will affect the pay and union representation of the roughly 140 workers who handle emergency calls in the city. Under the consolidation plan, which has been pushed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration,…

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Newark Puts Police, Fire, Emergency Force Under 1 Department

NEWARK, NJ – Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced a reorganization of the city’s public safety agencies Monday that will unite them under one department. Newark’s police, fire, emergency management and homeland security departments will be combined under the Department of Public Safety, Baraka said at a news conference at City Hall. Baraka appointed Anthony Ambrose, a former Newark police chief, to the new position of public safety director. Ambrose…

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