What Fire Companies Are In Jeopardy?

We’ve been trying to round up some more detail on the cuts Mayor Nutter announced last week after City Council did not act on his proposed soda tax. Nutter said he would have to slash $20 million from the budget to maintain positive cash flow, announcing cuts to police, fire and libraries.

A key question is what fire companies Nutter is looking to can. Nutter said he was going to close two companies, eliminating 40 jobs, for a savings of $3.6 million. But Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison today told us that no decisions had been made yet about which companies and it isn't clear how many workers might actually be laid off.

Last year, Nutter closed 7 engine and 2 ladder companies as part of a massive budget rebalancing, prompting protests from the firefighters union.

Continue Reading