The Austin Fire Department is being sued by the Austin Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 975, over automatic (mutual) aid agreements that the city recently entered into that call for the closest units to an incident to respond.
IAFF Local 975 claims that the agreements essentially “contract-out” work in violation of state civil service laws. The complaint states: “the city’s agreements with the ESDs and municipalities contract out normal fire protection service within Austin city limits, providing for ESD personnel to be dispatched as part of the city’s initial or primary response, and sometimes the only response.”
The suit filed in Travis County District Court claims that by entering into the agreements the city is violating the Civil Service Act by using non-civil service firefighters for its primary (as opposed to emergency/mutual aid) response. IAFF Local 975 is seeking a permanent injunction to block the use of non-Austin firefighters for primary response except in major emergencies where mutual aid is needed.
Here is a copy of the complaint: Austin FFs petition