Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown wants the fire department to have everything it needs to keep residents safe. The question now is how the city will pay for it all.
Brown released the following statement Tuesday:
“I will meet with the fire department union (IAFF Local 312) to explore all possible solutions to address the issues the Youngstown Fire Department is facing. Chief Finley, IAFF Local 312 President Charlie Smith and I can agree that we need to find an amicable solution that does not put our safety forces and city residents at risk while being cognizant of the financial constraints the city is experiencing.”
Youngstown City Council members Lauren McNally and Basia Adamczak were surprised to hear what Chief Barry Finley had to say Monday night at a public meeting.
He thinks the department has “given enough” and he’s “not willing to give any more.”