LAFD Chief Brian Cummings told the city Fire Commission Tuesday he’s pulling back for more study an ambitious plan called for by the City Council that would boost the department’s ranks and aim to lift its sagging response times.
Last December, Council members Eric Garcetti and Mitch Englander demanded that fire officials appear before the full panel after Cummings failed to produce the multi-year budget plan they requested earlier in the year to improve service and response times.
The first version of that plan was circulated publicly last week. It called for the restoration of 336 positions trimmed when the department’s budget was cut during the economic downturn.
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