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Jul 22, 2013 4:51 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Firefighters Begin Petition to Fight Staffing Issues

CORPUS CHRISTI - Firefighters have created an on-line petition asking the city to not decrease their staffing levels.

The city was short on ambulances. Earlier this month, the fire chief added two new ambulances that will go into service next month. At least four people are needed to run these two vehicles. Instead of hiring new firefighters, the chief plans to take firefighters off fire trucks to help staff the ambulances. The fire department is already short-staffed, and firefighters say this will cause problems.

To try and stop the city from taking people off fire trucks, the Corpus Christi Firefighters Association has created an on-line petition.

They created the petition Saturday and many community members have already signed their name in support of the firefighters. This petition was created as a way to get input from community members on the Fire Department's staffing issues.

"You're delivering the message, sure we want the additional ambulances for Corpus Christi but do not decrease the staffing levels for the fire trucks," said President of the Firefighters Association Carlos Torres.

Firefighters say if you decrease the amount of people on fire trucks, it makes community members less safe during a fire. Community members seem to agree with this statement.

Steve Bowers said, "The safety of our citizens and those who protect us should not have a price tag." Gus Barrios wrote, "You guys are always there when we call for help. We support your cause 100%."

"That makes us feel really great that the public is so supportive of the fire department," said Torres.

Torres says this on-line avenue is the perfect way for people who may not have time to attend council meetings, to still reach out and share their opinions with city officials.

"You're basically saying, to the council to the manager and the mayor, just do the right thing. Take care of our citizens, it's a priority. We'd love to have the additional ambulances but please don't decrease our staffing levels on the fire trucks to do it," said Torres.

The Fire Association plans to go to the city council meeting tomorrow afternoon to show city staff what kind of support their petition has received.

If you would like to leave a comment or sign the petition click - here.

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