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    NEW YORK (AP) - An appeals court has issued an order that
    temporarily blocks the city from reducing the number of
    firefighters on some engine company crews.
    The restraining order, issued by the State Supreme Court's
    Appellate Division late Friday, was sought by the Uniformed
    Firefighters Association after the union learned that the planned
    reductions were scheduled to start this week.
    The reductions would mean that about one-third of the city's 203
    engine company crews would be staffed with four members rather than
    five, saving the city about $12 million in overtime pay annually.
    The city's move to reduce the crews was made possible by
    contract terms that permit a staffing reduction when sick leave
    rates exceed 7.5 percent of scheduled work hours annually. Fire
    officials have said it is above 8 percent.
    The union has argued that firefighters had been sick in record
    numbers because their work at the World Trade Center site following
    the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack left many with respiratory
    problems.
    In December, Manhattan State Supreme Court Judge James Starkey
    dismissed a petition by the union seeking a preliminary injunction
    to keep the city from making the staffing reductions.
    Friday's ruling means the city cannot go forward with the move
    until that decision is reviewed by the appellate court.
    If the planned reductions take place, the fifth firefighter on
    the affected crews would be reassigned. The city's other engine
    companies already operate with four firefighters.

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    New York-AP) -- Firefighters' unions charged officials at New
    York City's Fire Department with scrimping on safety equipment and
    training.
    The unions released more than 100 pages documenting complaints
    ranging from inadequate respiratory protection to rats and mice in
    firehouses.
    The unions' documents include complaints filed with state
    workplace regulators alleging that the department hasn't properly
    fit firefighters for respirators or trained them how to use the
    equipment.
    Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said new equipment to
    protect firefighters had been deployed throughout the city.
    The unions say firefighting vehicles and firehouses have yet to
    be completely scrubbed of asbestos-laden dust from the collapse of
    the trade center, but Scoppetta countered that every vehicle that
    was contaminated had been cleaned.
    The unions also charged that the F-D-N-Y isn't adequately
    training officers in the special units that would be first to
    respond to a chemical, biological or radiological terrorist attack.
    But Scoppetta questioned the union leaders' actions, saying they
    had obstructed the department's efforts to conduct mental health
    surveys after the September 11th attack and had not "aggressively
    supported the department's hazardous materials training program."

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    NEW YORK (AP) - Firefighters' unions levied a wide range of
    complaints at the Fire Department of New York on Tuesday, saying
    department officials are scrimping on safety equipment and
    training.
    "The fire department is doing things on the cheap," said John
    Dunne, captains' representative for the Uniformed Fire Officers
    Association.
    The fire officers' group and the Uniformed Firefighters
    Association released more than 100 pages documenting complaints
    ranging from inadequate respiratory protection to rats and mice in
    firehouses.
    In a statement, fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta called the
    unions' charges "without merit or substance."
    The unions' documents include complaints filed with state
    workplace regulators alleging that the department hasn't properly
    fit firefighters for respirators or trained them how to use the
    equipment. The unions have said inadequate respirator use
    contributed to health problems among those who responded to the
    World Trade Center attack.
    Scoppetta said new equipment to protect firefighters had been
    deployed throughout the city and the department had completed
    10,000 comprehensive medical examinations to monitor firefighters'
    health and was lobbying for additional funds to continue doing so.
    Firefighting vehicles and firehouses have yet to be completely
    scrubbed of asbestos-laden dust from the collapse of the trade
    center, the unions said.
    Scoppetta countered that every vehicle that was contaminated had
    been cleaned.
    The unions also charged that the FDNY isn't adequately training
    officers in the special units that would be first to respond to a
    chemical, biological or radiological terrorist attack.
    Union leaders speaking at a news conference accused city and
    department "bean counters" of shortchanging firefighters because
    of deep budget deficits.
    But Scoppetta questioned the union leaders' actions, saying they
    had obstructed the department's efforts to conduct confidential
    mental health surveys after the Sept. 11 attack and had not
    "aggressively supported the department's hazardous materials
    training program."
    He said the unions were just "lashing out" over budget cuts.
    "They are seeking to attack management for proposed and
    implemented budget cuts that they dislike, such as the closing of
    eight engine companies, yet they and other municipal unions have
    failed to offer any real savings to help the city during this very
    real and very serious budget crisis," he said.
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he will lay off 4,483 city
    employees - and perhaps 10,000 more - if municipal labor unions
    don't make productivity concessions to help bridge a $3.8 billion
    budget gap.

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