Nearly half of City of South Tucson firefighters plan to resign  - Tucson News Now

Nearly half of City of South Tucson firefighters plan to resign

(Source: Tucson News Now) (Source: Tucson News Now)
SOUTH TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The City of South Tucson has received notice from 14 of its 33 reserve firefighters that they will be resigning as of Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 according to a recent news release. 

The firefighters cite concerns for safety and working conditions, in addition to compensation, for their resignation.  According to the release, these firefighters also claim reduced staffing levels on the Fire Department's only engine. 

City officials decided to reduce the number of firefighters on the truck from four to three in 2017, before the 2017/2018 budget was adopted.  According to the news release "it was very difficult but necessary decision in order to balance the City budget" that was required by law. 

To date, the City of South Tucson has authorized payment to keep the fourth firefighter on the truck.  However, effective March 1, 2018, it will be necessary to reduce staffing levels on the fire truck from four to three as adopted in the current budget.

Measures are being taken to ensure the safety of citizens is not compromised.

WANT MORE? Download the Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2018 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • PCSD searching for armed robbery suspects

    PCSD searching for armed robbery suspects

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 12:40 AM EDT2018-08-14 04:40:51 GMT
    Three suspects in Quik Mart robbery. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)Three suspects in Quik Mart robbery. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
    Three suspects in Quik Mart robbery. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)Three suspects in Quik Mart robbery. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)

    The Pima County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help locating three suspects in the robbery of a Quik Mart on the west side. The three suspects are described as teens from 15 to 17 years of age, all 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 with slender builds. Two are Hispanic, one with black bowl cut hair and brown eyes, the third is white with brown hair.  

    The Pima County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help locating three suspects in the robbery of a Quik Mart on the west side. The three suspects are described as teens from 15 to 17 years of age, all 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 with slender builds. Two are Hispanic, one with black bowl cut hair and brown eyes, the third is white with brown hair.  

  • State of emergency declared for Mammoth after storm damage

    State of emergency declared for Mammoth after storm damage

    Monday, August 13 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-08-13 23:09:36 GMT
    Storm damage in Mammoth, AZ (Source: Tucson News Now)Storm damage in Mammoth, AZ (Source: Tucson News Now)

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a state of emergency for Mammoth after monsoon rains damaged roadways and affected the small town's potable water system.

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a state of emergency for Mammoth after monsoon rains damaged roadways and affected the small town's potable water system.

  • Marana police investigating thefts from unsecured vehicles, open website for video submits

    Marana police investigating thefts from unsecured vehicles, open website for video submits

    Monday, August 13 2018 11:39 PM EDT2018-08-14 03:39:45 GMT

    Over the last few weeks the Marana Police Department has been investigating several thefts from vehicles that have occurred in the Gladden Farms community.  

    Over the last few weeks the Marana Police Department has been investigating several thefts from vehicles that have occurred in the Gladden Farms community.  

Powered by Frankly