Controversy Brewing within the Topeka Fire Department

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There's a new controversy heating up within the ranks of the Topeka Fire Department.

Council members are getting their first look at a charter ordinance change.

It would allow Fire Chief Howard Giles to hire firefighters from outside the department.

Local union firefighters say working their way up through the ranks has been a tradition. They say it's another case of wanting the chief to work with the firefighters.

13 News was not able to receive an official response from the city by news time Tuesday evening.