At Engine 38 ribbon cutting, rally cries to recall Nutter

City firefighters turned the opening of a new firehouse in Tacony Tuesday into the beginning of a campaign to recall the mayor, but there appears to be a legal problem with their crusade.

About 200 firefighters filled the street outside the new $6.7 million home to Engine 38 on Magee Avenue. Spokesman Frank Keel said the union representing the workers is so upset over delays in a contract arbitration award they are starting a recall campaign to remove Mayor Michael Nutter from office.


“We need 45,000 signatures,” he said. “We believe we have enough in the family and friends of firefighters in this city to reach that goal. That’s how serious this is, that’s how disgusted these firefighters are with this mayor and his continuing insults and indignities that are heaped upon these guys who save lives.”

The problem is the recall provision of the City Charter was struck down decades ago.

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