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    Post Budget Cuts

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - The city's Fire Department is being asked
    to cut $800,000 from its $10 million budget, the fire chief said.
    Members of the firefighters union met with the Board of Public
    Safety, the city controller, and Fire Department officials
    Wednesday and were informed the agency had to cut 8 percent of its
    annual budget.
    "It's going to take creative financing to come up with
    solutions to the problems," Fire Chief J. R. Rosencrans said. "If
    everyone pulls together we can get through this tough time."
    The city's biggest concern is with the payment of overtime for
    Fire Department employees, firefighters union President David
    Halsell said.
    Halsell met with union members Wednesday evening to discuss
    solutions and suggestions they can make to the city.
    Union members suggested closing down a station temporarily when
    employees are on vacation or sick, rather than pay firefighters and
    medics overtime to fill those empty spots.
    Rosencrans said if layoffs were necessary, he would volunteer to
    retire, rather than allow the Fire Department to lose one of its
    paramedics or firefighters.
    "I told the union guys and the youngest firefighters that I'll
    be the first one out, if we need to lose some personnel," he said.
    "Hopefully that will help them sleep at night."

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    "I told the union guys and the youngest firefighters that I'll
    be the first one out, if we need to lose some personnel,"

    Wow, not too often you hear something like that from a chief.

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