Neb. fire department struggles to recruit, retain firefighters under part-time scheme
Fire chief says the city needs to ditch its part-time orientation and hire full-time firefighters
By Eugene Curtin
The Bellevue Leader
BELLEVUE, Neb. — The loss of trained firefighters to larger departments — combined with dwindling recruiting — has the Bellevue Fire Department struggling to keep all four fire stations manned and more dependent on mutual aid pacts to maintain response times.
City leaders say the challenges are caused by tight revenues that hobble full-time firefighter recruitment by requiring a force that is 90 percent part time.