Civil Service Commission: Firefighters want official ruling ending Mardi Gras barricade duty
New Orleans Firefighters Association president Nick Felton is asking the New Orleans Civil Service Commission (CSC) for ruling that would put to a stop the city's past practice of ordering New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) full-time personnel or temporary workers from setting up and working sidewalk barricades during Mardi Gras season.
At today's CSC monthly meeting, Felton said taking firefighters off duty to perform law enforcement work has, in prior years, resulted in increased response time and fewer first-responders ("to the tune of 40 firefighters," at times, Felton said) available for emergency work.? [ Read more ]
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