Friday, September 24, 1999

Answers coming, chief assures firefighters

Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON — Fire chiefs are accustomed to hot spots, but Hamilton's is on a hot seat after a group of his troops visited a City Council meeting.

        Fire Chief Lyle Moore on Thursday said he will work with city administrators to address several concerns firefighters brought to council Wednesday.

        “Most of the issues that were brought up by the firefighters relating to the fire department are issues that have been addressed or are being addressed,” the chief said. “I was familiar with everything they talked about.”

        The issues include a new truck arriving without floodlights, not enough new ambulance cots, and a feeling that some decisions are being made without fully consulting department committees, the chief said.

        More than three dozen firefighters detailed their concerns to council before exiting en masse.

        Chief Moore, who was at the meeting, said he had little time to prepare.

        “I was warned by someone in city administration,” the chief said, “and didn't realize I would be the main target. At least that's the way I felt.”

        He said the incidents had happened over the past year.

        “Firefighters have a right to discuss their opinions and their feelings,” he said. “I do feel like it needs to come to my office to give me a chance to respond beforehand.”


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