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Fire department cutbacks in Burbank

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UPDATE: Daily minimum staffing for Burbank firefighters will be reduced from a high of 38 last year to 36 on Monday, July 13. This will not result in any layoffs.


Times are tough. The city of Burbank is tightening its financial belt. I understand all of that, still it doesn’t seem smart to cutback the fire department in the heat of a dry summer. Yet, that is just what’s happening in Burbank.

As part of a city council mandated reduction of 5 percent for every department, two firefighters will be let go on Monday, according to a story on The Burbank Leader website today. The cutback reportedly reduces the fire crew ranks down to 36. It’s a balancing act. I heard some loud grumbling about an earlier decision to take Engine 14 out of service as a way to save money. Bumping two firefighters will now allow Engine 14 to roll back into action.

The fire department is reportedly trying to whack $1.27 million from its budget. Oh, the cutbacks probably look great on paper, but the Burbank Fire Department is already a trim operation.  Now it will be down two firefighters and that makes me wonder if public safety is taking a back seat to balancing the budget.   

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19 Responses to Fire department cutbacks in Burbank

  1. Member of the SAG Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    This is just one more sign that the people at Burbank City Hall don’t really know what they are doing.

    Not all things are equally important. If you are caught in a fire or need the paramedics when you have a heart attack or even heat stroke and there is a few minutes delay in the response ask yourself just how important you will be thinking things like a new library or a new swimming pool really are.

    It’s all about priority and ranking things in order of importance and at that one the city hall folks fail miserably.

  2. Ann Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    Yes cut back on the people who rescue the public when in need and spend the money on the fields at Burroughs and Burbank High Schools.

    Watching the money pour into dirt and plastic grass really irritates me while at the same time we lay off firefighters and teachers.

    Kids need classroom instruction more than they need dirt and plastic grass. Such wastefull spending!

  3. Carma Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    What about allocating millions of dollars for the lawsuits that are defending a corrupt chief? The priorities are way out of whack!

    Save a buck and get rid of the chief before you cut honest firefighters.

    The lawsuit attorney retainers are already over a quarter of a million!!!

  4. Pat Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    Yes! What Ann said! What will all that plastic grass cost, anyway? And are they aware that it soaks up heat in the hot summer and will perhaps not be very nice to spend time on when it’s 90 degrees-plus outside?

  5. David Kim Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 2:17 am #

    Wait a minute, Wait a minute… Hold on there folks, READ the Leader article one more time. The FIRE NOT LAYING ANYONE OFF. Manpower not personnel, means on any given day if someone calls in sick or takes a vacation day The fire not going to fill that position for THAT DAY. No ones getting pink slips, no firefighter is losing their jobs. I can’t even picture their UNION allowing that to happen. The union has even gone far enough to say this year they will surpass their standard raises. Let’s get it right before real Burbank people think that Burbank Fireman are being CUT!!
    DM Kim

  6. Fronnie Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    David Kim,

    You are right. I got a clarification from The Leader reporter about the story and I have updated this post.

  7. Ann Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    Lay off or manpower not filled it comes down to fewer firefighters on the street and that can mean a delay, even if it’s minutes that can cost lives.

    Meanwhile the money goes to plastic grass. The plastic grass has to be one of the most silly ideas I ever heard of. It’s like carpet and we all know how well that holds up out in the sun.

    Stop buying the plastic grass and don’t leave the firefighters short when vacations or sick time comes up. There maybe a clarification but it still comes down to fewer firefighters on the street to respond if you or I need their help in a life and death situation.

  8. Al in SoCal Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    Ann – why stop there? Perhaps we should stop all efforts to revamp anything and put all our resources to NOT laying off more firefighters? Jeez…

    All that is missing from your wild-eyed “sky is falling” post is the standard “think of the children”.

    UGH – these posts are beginning to sound like lemmings jumping off the cliff.

    Outrage “jump to conclusion” post #1
    followed by “I’m outraged too!”

    Here is information on everything they are doing to the schools:

  9. Ricardo Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    Hey Al

    The lemmings jumping off the cliff are the people spending all ‘our’ money like it grows on trees.

    I really don’t think all those millions for the new fields will make education one bit better.

    Gladid you can afford more taxes to pay for the new fields but how about all the people who can’t afford any more Al ?

  10. responsibility Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm #


    Perhaps you missed a City Council meeting 6 to 8 months ago when the councilmembers discussed the stores that were closing, etc. What stood out in that meeting was this conversation: Marsha stated the sky wasn’t falling in Burbank. To that remark, then
    vice-mayor Gary Bric replied, “The sky isn’t falling. It’s crashing.”

    So Al, instead of “beating up on the public,” which is unbecoming an appointee, why aren’t you taking Gary Bric to task for the “sky is crashing” comment he made? After all, it was a councilmember who said the sky was crashing in Burbank.

    It will be very interesting to see just how many lawsuits (that probably could have been avoided)we’re paying for once the information is given to the members of the public.

    For years every level of government spent money it didn’t have, overtaxed the public, and now we’re all in a huge mess because of it. Now many skies are crashing all over the place.

  11. arfie1 Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm #


    My grandfather used to say “one day the government will tax you for the air you breathe”, I always laughed and thought he was a crazy old man. Now what he said is almost true because it’s about the only thing they don’t tax us on yet but with all the Global Warming junk I won’t be surprised if they add an ‘air tax’ very soon.

  12. arfie1 Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    Al –

    You said it right, ‘everything they are doing TO the schools”

    They do everything except improve education!

  13. responsibility Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    arfie1 Says My grandfather used to say “one day the government will tax you for the air you breathe”,…

    I don’t think your grandfather was crazy. They will find anything and everything to tax us even more so even though it’s one of the worst things they can do to us.

  14. Black Dragon Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    The internet is the best place to learn what them in charge don’t want you to know all about. Them that want to tax and them that want to tell you everything to do is all about prejudice. They wrap the prejudice up like a gift but don’t be all fooled it ain’t nothing but prejucice and control. Take a look at this and tell me if you ever knew about it before the Niece of Martin Luther King got up on the internet and let you know. Thems that’s been fooling us needs to get exposed.

  15. Black Dragon Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    Yo everyone needs to see this and learn how we are living under the growing tyrany.

  16. Duck Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    Thanks for those links I never knew Martin Luther King was a Republican but it sort of makes a lot of sense.

  17. Al in SoCal Friday, July 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    This entire posting sounds like the old “Burbank Taxpayers group” on Yahoo. I’m SURE most of you remember that as it was a political vehicle for the Council-haters that lost election after election.

    I could simply agree and then agree even MORE with you, but what fun would that be?

  18. responsibility Friday, July 17, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    Al you could simply agree and then agree more… of course you won’t do so. As for the comment what fun would that be about agreeing, you are doing a great job instigating and provoking and you think it’s fun doing so. Fine disagree it’s your right under the constitution but the problems with your arguments are you attack the people and not their argument.

  19. Member of the Sag Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    Why does the thought strike me that Martin Luther King Jr would not think very highly of some of our city officials?

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