North Las Vegas firefighters plan protest
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It has been a back and forth battle for months and the city of North Las Vegas is getting ready to enter another round in the debate over budget cuts.
The city is still looking for ways to close its deficit and firefighters are on the hook.
The next step in balancing the North Las Vegas city budget could be revealed tomorrow. A community meeting is planned for Wednesday.
But not before the city's firefighters get the word out about what they say will happen to the quality of public services if more cuts might be made.
The firefighters are planning on handing out flyers today to resident near the fire stations that have been closed.
Union representatives say that because of budget cuts and a $33 million shortfall, the city may be forced to cut staffing at fire stations that are still open.
The minimum staffing level will be 24 firefighters per day when it used to be 53.
The department currently has 19 fire apparatus but could be faced with only having seven left to work with.
And, they say that less staffing and equipment could result in slower response times in an emergency.
Approximately 20 to 30 North Las Vegas firefighters are protesting today. They will be at the corner of Elkhorne and Aliante Parkway at 10:30 a.m.
Tomorrow you can voice your concerns to the North Las Vegas city council. Mayor Shari Buck is inviting North Las Vegas residents to a community meeting at 6 p.m. in the Tucson Room at Aliante Station.