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    FDNY To Boost Manpower on Some Engines

    FDNY TO BOOST MANPOWER ON SOME ENGINES



    December 5, 2003 -- The FDNY yesterday announced it is increasing manning on fire engines citywide except on Staten Island.

    Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta was able to increase the number of firefighters on some engines from four to five because of lower medical-leave figures, the department said in a statement.

    In June, budget woes forced the city to cut the number of engines with five firefighters from 60 to 40.

    The city cut a deal with the firefighters union, promising to begin restoring the five-member engines if medical-leave statistics, which had skyrocketed due to Sept. 11-related illnesses, dropped below 8 percent. They're now at 7.9 percent.

    The staffing level didn't have to be restored until Jan. 1, but Scoppetta restored five of the engines to full staffing yesterday.

    "We commend the administration for taking this pro-active step toward the early restoration of five companies to full staffing," said Uniformed Firefighters Association President Stephen Cassidy.


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    Restored staff at 5 FDNY cos.

    Restored staff at 5 FDNY cos.


    By LEO STANDORA
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    The Fire Dept. added a fifth firefighter to five fire engines protecting the city last night, partially reversing a cost-cutting measure imposed in the spring.
    But 15 fire engines are still operating with only four-member crews.

    Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said last night's manpower increase was due to improved medical leave figures and preempts an agreement with the Uniformed Firefighters Association that called for it to take effect Jan. 1.

    That agreement reached in June reduced from 60 to 40 the number of engines manned by five-member crews.

    The city originally demanded one less firefighter on all engines, saying it had the right to reduce staffing because the department's sick leave exceeded more than 7.5% in the past year.

    The UFA agreed to reductions on only 20 engines, which were estimated to save the city about $6.5 million.

    "We're pleased...to be increasing the number of five-firefighter engine companies sooner than we had expected," Scoppetta said yesterday.

    "As this trend continues, we look forward ultimately to the full restoration of the 60 units with five firefighters."

    UFTA President Stephen Cassidy said, "We commend the administration for taking this pro-active step toward the early restoration of five companies to full staffing and look forward to additional restorations soon."

    He explained that the rise in medical leave had been due to Sept. 11 related illness and injuries.

    The fifth man was added to these engine companies last night: # 35 in East Harlem; #84 in Washington Heights, both Manhattan: #68 in Highbridge, the Bronx; #257 in Canarsie, Brooklyn; #275 in Jamaica, Queens

    Originally published on December 5, 2003

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/loca...p-126649c.html

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