Mount Vernon Fire Union Chief Warns Department Is Short-Staffed

CBS New York

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A possible manpower shortage at the Mount Vernon firehouse may have contributed to a fatal house fire this week.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, a typical fire engine needs four firefighters when responding to a blaze but the first engine that arrived at 11 South Bond Street on Tuesday had two.

Mount Vernon fire union president Ernie Richardson said the fire department is short-staffed and as a result, crews couldn’t run a hose line and execute a search until reinforcements arrived.

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“I understand the city’s in dire straits and this is no personal attack on the mayor; the central services should not be messed with. You need to keep these things at the adequate staffing levels,” Richardson told Adams. “This is strictly business and understanding that…

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