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Firefighters 'burned out' after years of staffing cuts

Original post made on Nov 3, 2021

Budget cuts and position reductions have taken their toll on the Fire Department, where fewer people are now responding to more calls and personnel are increasingly reporting feeling burned out.

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Posted by Green Gables
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 3, 2021 at 10:48 am

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Did the four firefighters go to San Mateo County where they are better paid?

Posted by Stepheny
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 3, 2021 at 11:03 am

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My vote would be to stop rewarding the non-working homeless with shelter and free meals and to bring back these fire fighters. [Portion removed.]

Posted by rita vrhel
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 3, 2021 at 11:56 am

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Would not the money being spent on a complete re-do of Rinconada Park have been better spent on restoring a full staff of fire fighters? or the 18 million for Smart Meters? Could these expenditures not been delayed?
Where are our priorities?
Where did the Stimulus money go? thank you

Posted by Forever Name
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2021 at 5:58 pm

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@ Stepheny: totally agree!

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 4, 2021 at 12:51 am

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I appreciate hearing about this. Safety should come first. Certainly before expensive and reviled (and dubiously contributing to safety) road furniture, for example.

As a resident who values our firefighters, I'm ashamed of the way the City handled Measure D.

It's about time that Palo Alto began buying up properties around town, and became a land landlord the way Stanford is in order to keep the cost of housing down for its faculty and staff. We should be doing that for retail, for public safety (fire and police) and teachers.