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Controversy over Canandaigua Fire Department funding, staffing

Canandaigua’s Mayor says politics are behind criticism of the city’s fire department after Nolan’s Restaurant burned down last week.

Some of the city’s Republican leaders have been on Facebook questioning the department’s manpower. It is something that Canandaigua’s former fire chief spoke about to News10NBC by phone, giving an idea of how much the department has downsized.

The former chief, Robert Case, says that before he retired in 2008, he worked to increase staffing, but in the 2010 budget the City Council reduced the amount of career firefighters, down from 15 to 6.

Canandaigua’s City Manager tells News10NBC that currently the City of Canandaigua Fire Department is staffed with two on-duty firefighter 24/7 and is supplemented by volunteers and off-duty firefighters when needed.

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