Review of Las Vegas fire department recommendations underway

Joyce Lupiani

Review of Las Vegas fire department recommendations underway

CREATED Dec. 13, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas Fire & Rescue has announced that recommendations on how to deliver fire and rescue services more efficiently will be formally presented to the Las Vegas City Council in January.

A study, released just last week by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), yielded 23 recommendations.

The recommendations addressed duplication of services between LVFR and private ambulance companies; an establishment of demand-based staffing; maintenance of appropriate staffing levels to reduce overtime; establishment of policies to better manage leave; and more.

City management and staff from LVFR have been holding meetings to discuss the recommendations.

The budget for LVFR has grown from $77 million in 2004 to $111 million, an increase of 43 percent. That growth has been determined to be unsustainable and could create a steep budget shortfall that would impact funding for other critical city services.

Representatives from ICMA will present their findings. The date for the presentation was not announced.