Help coming for Grand Island first responders
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island City Council is infusing much needed financial help into the city’s first responders. The Council voted to approve the police and fire stabilization fund with a 6-to-2 vote.
Back in 2018, an economic downturn caused the city to halt hiring and even fire some employees in both departments in an effort to balance the budget.
Now back to present day this fund that was approved will help instill confidence in prospective hires for both departments.
Grand Island Fire Chief Cory Schmidt said the fund will certainly help the staff at Grand Island fire.
“When we are short on staff it generally takes our current employees to work more hours than normal leads to more over time which in the end especially long term causes burnout,” Schmidt said. “Our people work hard its a stressful job having that time off is a good thing.”
The money can only be used in emergency to help avoid having to letting any employees go.
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