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F.I.R.E. opposes fire department cuts

By St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis, MO – A group of black St. Louis firefighters say proposed budget cuts will put the public, and firefighters, in danger.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is considering $2 million in cuts from the fire department. That would mean laying off 50 firefighters and closing at least three firehouses.

Abram Pruitt, Chairman of the Firefighters Institute for Racial Equality, says this would put residents at risk.

"Response times being longer, then that means that you could possibly be on a scene longer" said Pruitt.

Pruitt says the department would also have to replace experienced firefighters with volunteers. The board of aldermen is expected to finalize the city budget tomorrow.

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