The Memphis (TN) Fire Department will cut 92 firefighter positions through attrition over the next year.
The first round of cuts will eliminate 30 positions and result in the closure of a station and the elimination of a truck, according to a WREG report (http://bit.ly/15yveBm).
Residents who live in the vicinity of Station 6, which is slated for closure, bemoaned the cuts that resulted in the current situation. Fire Chief Alvin Benson said that, for residents in the area, it will simply take longer for firefighters to arrive at emergency scenes.
For more reaction to the cuts, visit http://bit.ly/15yveBm.
For more on the Memphis situation, consider Cuts Could Affect TN Fire Department’s Response Times.
For more on how fire departments, budgets, and staffing issues, consider FDIC 2013 Presentation Deals with Firefighting, Politics, and Budget Cuts, Are We Short-Staffed or Just Short-Sighted?, and Inside a Budget Fight : It Never Ends, and Nobody Wins.