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D.C. fire chief proposes big staffing cuts, 12-hour shifts

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D.C.'s fire chief wants to slash the city's number of firefighters by nearly 30 percent, a move he says could end up saving millions of dollars but surely will meet heavy union resistance.Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe on Wednesday outlined to city lawmakers his plan to whittle down the Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel to 1,600 through attrition in the coming years, a loss of 600...

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