W.Va. official: Cross-training cops to fight fires would help save money

Firefighters protested in front of City Hall prior to meeting in December when council was discussing cutting vacant positions


By Paul Fallon
The Charleston Daily Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Saying he knows the proposal will be controversial, the president of Charleston City Council wants to see police officers cross-trained to fight fires.

Tom Lane, an at-large Republican, said the measure could help save money in the fire and police departments, both of which are strapped by ballooning pension liabilities.

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