Budget Woes Could Affect Fire/EMS Service: Chief

WASHINGTON -- Last week we learned that D.C.'s budget woes could cost our children individual attention as fewer teachers would be kept on staff. This week, we learn our homes may burn longer, too.

Budget pressures the D.C. Fire Department is facing may affect service, D.C. Fire Chief Dennis Rubin said Tuesday. The department won't fill 80 positions and has had to cancel a cadet class.

His remarks came in conjunction with the release of a national study sponsored by Fireman's Fund Insurance Company that shows local firefighters think equipment is not purchased or replaced quickly enough.

The D.C. Council approved a final department budget for fiscal year 2010 that was a $2.5 million reduction from what was proposed by Mayor Adrian Fenty, Rubin said.

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