Firefighters Become Taxpayer-Paid Locksmiths

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland taxpayers spend up to 135 dollars an
hour to provide a free locksmith service.

City records show that firefighters respond nearly five times a
day to calls from residents with keys locked inside their cars or
homes. Ladder trucks that cost up to 135 dollars an hour to operate
were sent on more than half of the 16-hundred calls last year.

Fire Chief Paul Stubbs says his department isn't going to ignore
a call for help.

City Councilman Kevin Conwell says people are abusing the fire
department and wasting taxpayer money.

Police say firefighters are supposed to unlock the door only if
someone's life is at risk, such as if a young child is trapped
inside a car.