Kansas City chief must cut 100+ fire jobs

Chief Dyer told city council he would resign rather than move to 3-person crews on pumpers, which violates NFPA standards


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Fire Chief Richard “Smokey” Dyer will likely have to cut at least 105 firefighter jobs to slash $7.6 million from the fire department's budget.

"If you want to reduce budgets, you don't lessen the resources per company," Chief Dyer told city council Thursday. "You create less companies and spread them out, and then as the decision makers, you live with the consequences."

Chief Dyer is looking at other ways to reduce costs, such as cutting supplies and equipment or reducing contracts, according to Fox 4 News.

He also is considering combining the crews of pumper and ladder trucks, reducing the number of firefighters on technical rescue crews and closing one fire station. But the department will still fall $6 million short of the goal requested by the city manager.

Chief Dyer is not recommending cutting jobs, Fox 4 News said, but he assumes that is what will be required.

He told the council that he would resign rather than move to three-person crews on pumpers, which violates NFPA standards, even though some neighboring municipalities have done just that.

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