City Council and the fire fighters' union have offered their support for a state-funded comprehensive review of the fire department's operations.
The Nutter administration last month asked the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority -- the city's state-appointed fiscal watchdog -- to fund a complete independent review of the fire department, which would included everything from finances to deployment. Nutter officials put the likely cost of such a study at $300,000 to $450,000.
But PICA board members at the time said they wanted buy-in from Council and the union to move forward with the plan. PICA Board President Jim Eisenhower today said that the letters of support are encouraging. The board will vote on whether to fund the study next week.
"I’m glad to see the union and most of council that they have the confidence that we can be fair and impartial," Eisenhower said. "I am certainly going to vote in favor of it."