CALEXICO — The budget wish list of Fire Chief Carlos Escalante includes six new firefighters and a new ambulance.
Escalante said Monday he hopes the 2001-2002 Calexico budget will allow him to augment the ranks of a Fire Department thinned by attrition and injury.
"We have the same problems as the Police Department in regard to keeping people here in Calexico and we also have five guys on disability," Escalante said Monday.
He continued: "We've got guys with back strains, one had a stroke recently and one has a chronic disease."
Escalante and other heads of city departments will meet with City Manager Richard Inman and the City Council for a budget workshop starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Woman's Improvement Club, 320 Heber Road.