In order to meet the need to reduce the size of the department’s budget for Fiscal Year 2012, the Houston Fire Department has begun staff reductions. Layoff notifications have been given to some of our civilian staff members.
These personnel changes represent just over $1 million dollars in reduction of expenditures.
These members of our staff have served the city well. It is a difficult day for all of us.
At this time, there have been no layoffs of classified personnel. Work continues to find additional savings in hopes of avoiding this altogether. A very important part of that involves our work with classified Labor through the collective bargaining process. Both sides of the table are compelled to find solutions in order to meet the budget shortfalls. We all know that decreasing the number of firefighters could have a direct impact on our ability to deliver our service. And we all agree, that maintaining our level of service is most critical.