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Board of Supervisors scheduled to review multiple budgets- will include KCFD's

Posted at 7:48 AM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 10:48:56-04

 

For the first time in four years there will be no cuts to the Kern County Fire Department's staff.

This will be a change for the department, which has faced cuts each of the last three years.

In fact, a total of 50 positions that included both part-time and full-time positions have been cut since 2014.

690 positions will be covered in Tuesday's budget review meeting. That number was 720 just four years ago.

During their midyear review back in January, the Board of Supervisors were reviewing a plan to cut staffing in KC Fire.

They would have gone from having three person shifts to two person shifts.

The county fire department did not approve of this plan because they believe "public safety was being put at risk."

Fire chief Brian Marshall says the department is currently facing an $8.5 million deficit. One that he expects to increase over the next two years and could potentially lead to cuts once again.