An arbitrator has ruled that Omaha, Neb., must put deploy more firefighters and medics because the city’s response times don’t measure up to national standards.
The arbitrator ruled last week on a July 2013 grievance by the firefighters union. The union says the city violated a contract provision that says the city should try to meet the national standards.
The arbitrator also says city officials must write a report identifying deficiencies in response times throughout Omaha.
Mayor Jean Stothert says the city will appeal the arbitrator’s rulings.
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