Dallas Fire-Rescue Faces Firefighter Shortfall - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas Fire-Rescue Faces Firefighter Shortfall

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Dallas Fire-Rescue Faces Firefighter Shortfall

    It's a problem years in the making: a troubled pension fund combined with tempting jobs in other cities is sapping the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department of hundreds of firefighters. (Published Friday, Jan. 26, 2018)

    It's a problem years in the making: a troubled pension fund combined with tempting jobs in other cities is sapping the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department of hundreds of firefighters.

    "We've had some pretty significant attrition, and we've also had some employees leaving to join other agencies," said Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief David Coatney.

    Coatney says the department is currently about 168 "uniformed members" below its "optimal" staffing of 1,946. The shortage has caused a surge in overtime that the department estimates will result in a $1.2 million overage by the end of the fiscal year.

    "Obviously it's had a pretty adverse impact on our budget, but there are typically salary savings because you've lost employees at the same time, so you can usually off set that," Coatney said.

    Roofing Project Turns Into Dog Rescue

    [DFW] Roofing Project Turns Into Dog Rescue

    While a Tyler roofing company was testing out some new equipment, the workers found a surprise on their own roof: a dog! 

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019)

    The chief says no one thing is to blame for the shortfall, and recruitment of new firefighters is trending up. The department currently has 115 cadets scheduled to graduate and enter the field in April, off setting a large portion of their recent losses.

    Get the latest from NBC DFW anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android