Fire Chief Paul Linnertz

Bridget McAllister / WAER News

Budget pressures and the closure of a fire house didn’t seem to be a factor in the Syracuse Fire Department’s ability to protect its residents and property.  The Insurance Service Organization, or ISO has just issued its new score.  Mayor Stephanie Miner shared the accomplishment.

"We received a new rating of 95.64, which is one of the highest in New York State, and the highest score the Syracuse Fire Department has ever received."

Jessica Gorman/WAER News

Syracuse police officers are struggling to keep up with the number of calls coming in...and the department is looking for help from the city budget.  Councilors continued hearings on aspects of the proposed budget from Mayor Stephanie Miner.

Chief Frank Fowler pointed out to Common Councilors the workload is putting a strain on staff.

Syracuse Marks 77th Anniversary of Deadly Collins Block Fire

Feb 3, 2016
Matthew Gutierrez / WAER News

   Vicious winds and heavy rain didn’t stop members of the Syracuse Fire Department Wednesday morning from paying their respects to local firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty. Area firemen, police officers, and onlookers honored those who lost their lives in the Collins Block Fire of 1939.  Nine firefighters perished when the building collapsed. Now, the ceremony honors all firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty in the Department’s history. Fire Chief Paul Linnertz says it’s vital to continue to honor the victims.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner releases her budget proposal Tuesday, and it includes five million dollars to hire more police officers and firefighters.  As many as 25 new police officers and 25 firefighters could be on the streets starting next year.   Miner says it's about balancing retirements and new positions with overtime costs.    Miner says the city can’t hide behind its money troubles and do nothing.   Common Council majority leader Helen Hudson says unless the state or federal governments provide more resources, that’s all they can hire for right now.