Update: Tentative Agreement Reached Between Omaha Mayor & Fire Union

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email
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Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and the Omaha Fire Union have reached a tentative agreement on the 2014 budget, that will "put the Omaha Fire Department on target to reach its 2014 approved budget of $90.6 million without layoffs."

Here are the basics of the deal:

  • 19 firefighters scheduled for layoffs will now keep their jobs
  • The next two paramedic classes will be cut from 48 students to 9, total
  • All fire equipment in service will stay in service except for a single rescue squad added earlier this year
  • The combination of these steps will allow the department to stay within its $91 million budget

Mayor Stothert said the reduction in the paramedic classes offered and the size of those classes will greatly cut overtime costs.

She said, "Both sides, I felt like, worked hard on this. It wasn't easy but I think at the same time the real winners in this are the citiznes and the taxpayers of Omaha."

Stothert added, "I remain committed to the taxpayers of Omaha that the Omaha Fire Department will meet its 2014 budget."

Fire Union President Steve LeClair said, "First and foremost, the tentative agreement maintains the exemplary quality of emergency services that Omahans have come to expect from their emergency service providers."

He said, "There was considerable back and forth and sometimes the background noise was really distracting from our stated goal which was to continue to provide great service to the citizens."

The tentative agreement must now be approved by the Union membership.

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