St. Louis to lay off 30 firefighters

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | 9:04 a.m. CDT; updated 10:03 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis has announced plans to lay off 30 firefighters and cut 24 more positions through attrition.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the department has 600 firefighters, and the cuts are one of the few Fire Department layoffs in city history.

Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said the cuts would strain the department, but he also vowed the layoffs would not impact public safety.

The office of Mayor Francis Slay said delaying the cuts could threaten the city's financial stability. The Fire Department is on track to overspend more than $2 million this year, and the city will have to pay $4.7 million more to float firefighter pensions next year.

The mayor's office said the city only has $6 million in reserves.




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