Fewer vehicles responding is what City Council wants. But the public may be wary of a restructuring that was only partly adopted and leaves employment levels unchanged but service unclear.
The demotion of eight captains has the Fire Chief coming up with the bump and grind list by July 1st and Chief Dale Herman says the heavy rescue will likely not be responding to medical emergencies.
Council, armed with a study and statistics and management intent on cutting costs in the FD enacted the changes without talking to the Chief, according to TV 7 News.
All this comes amidst rancorous contract talks presided over by the downstate legal Svengali hired by Council last year on a three to two vote. One has to assume the restructuring was part of the labor contract strategy which has so far been ill defined and murky in public.
Literature suggests a triage in response to medical issues that may not reassure an aging population who don't like taxes but do like the attention when adversity comes their way.
Fallen and can't get up ? We'll get there when we get there.
Watertown Daily Times | Watertown Fire Department in process of responding to captain demotions