Please City of Cedar Falls Iowa HIRE more fire fighters and CEASE the PSO Process!

Please City of Cedar Falls Iowa HIRE more fire fighters and CEASE the PSO Process!

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Citizens for Change- Cedar Valley started this petition to Mayor Jim Brown

Cedar Falls is a small town in Northeast Iowa, that is a town full of learning, well known for the University of Northern Iowa.  It is also well known for its recent experiment, asking police officers to also be firefighters.   This is an insult to firefighters throughout the country.  We do understand that this can be seen as a cost saving initiative, but it is not a responsible one, and for that reason, most cities don't endorse it.  In fact, those that have, have backtracked. 

Lets not forget, the definition of a firefighter, which is someone that is responsible for responding to various incidents, such as, but not limited to fires, wildfires, accidents, water rescue, hazardous spills and other incidents posed to life and property risks.

We know that several firefighters have already resigned, several of these had several years of experience, this is simply unacceptable, as this is not replaceable.  

HIRE MORE FIREFIGHTERS and instead of having them do less tasks, get them more involved in the community!  Such as storm cleanup efforts for example.  Find innovative ways for them to stay on the job and be a strain on the community as they are a KEY function in EACH community.   We say this, because it has been reported that cities are having budget issues because of police/firefighters.  

Reducing unwanted responses and establishing a zero tolerance policy can help cut costs quickly.  Fuel is also a key component here as well, which piggybacks off of the previous item.

At the end of the day, we feel that the only way this community can resolve the situation, is by hiring (back) on firefighters who have experience, not those who are PSO's.   We may support a hybrid solution that enables for cost saving opportunities and still staffs some PSO's, however, we need to bring the full services Firefighters back up significantly.  

If we don't act now, we are only putting our citizens, their lives, and their properties, in a bad situation, time is of the essence to resolve this.  Lets do this!

 

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