According to City of Watertown Fire Chief Dale Herman, there is "no standard, best practice or consultant study" to support lowering staffing levels in his department.
Chief Herman released an annual report, making it clear that 15-member shifts are necessary.
In the report, Herman wrote that if current staff levels were reduced, in a worst-case scenario, some future fires might go unanswered. He also recommended reinstating four of the eight demoted captains.
City officials have been looking to cut positions from the department for years, which has resulted in stalled out contract talks.
According to 7 News, City Manager Sharon Addison called Herman's report defensive and said that the chief is not on the same page with City Hall.