Wanted: Firefighters for Texarkana

Texarkana’s firefighters union says the city needs to hire at least two more firefighters to meet national staffing recommendations but city officials say there’s no money to do that, reports the Associated Press.

Lt. Jeff Pritchett, the president of the local firefighters union, tells the Texarkana Gazette national recommendations call for four firefighters to be on duty at a fire station. Fire Chief Bobby Honea says one of the city’s five stations has only two firefighters on duty about half the time.

The city has two 18-man crews and one 19-man crew to cover its five stations. Pritchett says each of the 18-man crews needs another firefighter.

City Manager Harold Boldt says the staffing at the short-handed station doesn’t create a high-risk situation. He says the city must make do with current staffing levels.

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