City's new budget ends HFD service brownouts

By John Brannen - Web Editor
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HOUSTON - The start of a new fiscal year arrives at a good time for the Houston Fire Department.

The city's new budget started Tuesday, providing funds to HFD's budget and ending service brownouts.

"The last 12 months have been a challenging budgetary period," HFD spokesman Capt. Ruy Lozano said. "At the end of the day, it was the members that provided the best service to the citizens while ensuring firefighter safety that made the difference. We do not anticipate any brown-outs in FY15 and we will be providing continuous staffing to the seven (7) EMS units in the Phase I Reduction of Services Plan. This has all been made possible due to sufficient funding and the continued increase in our headcount, with six cadet classes scheduled."

A recent group of new cadets is now also on the job, filling shifts needed to cover the city.

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