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Two Fire Stations Close After Sick Calls

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Officials say two of the eight fire stations in North Las Vegas were shuttered Monday because there weren’t enough firefighters on duty.

City Manager Tim Hacker tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal the stations closed because more firefighters than usual called in sick.

City firefighters union president Jeff Hurley says the closures came from a budget policy that limits overtime. He denies that firefighters were staging a sickout as part of an ongoing budget battle with city leaders.

Hacker insists that there were enough stations nearby to take care of fire calls without any danger.

Hacker says the city had to tighten the belt after the fire department racked up $2.5 million in overtime this fiscal year, well over the $1.5 million it budgeted.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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