On its face, the question of how many firefighters a town needs seems like a simple equation that the City Manager or Fire Chief could figure out on a napkin, but with Council debate delving into details like how many times a piece of equipment on a certain rig was used in a year, it was made clear how complicated the issue really is. Bring in factors of political loyalties and upcoming City Council elections, and you've got yourself a confusing situation.
For months the Santee City Council has grappled with the question of that were enabled by money given to the city during the ramp up to the failed - firefighters that were added in expectation of a serious population jump in the city.
They originally debated, and seemed to have settled the matter and not kept the positions, when the - though continued closed session meetings with the Firefighters Association deemed that unlikely.
The issue was and was the main topic of debate at the meetings until they .
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