Budget crunch forces city to layoff firefighters

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN) —  Nearly a dozen firefighters in Middletown were given layoff notices on Friday.

Starting August 15, a total of 15 positions will be cut from the department’s budget. Eleven firefighters received the layoff notice.

Middletown Firefighters Union has been in talks with city administration since the cuts were announced December 2013, in an attempt to find a solution or come to an agreement that prevented the layoffs.

City leaders said Middletown has been in a budget crunch for years, and they have already cut from all departments including planning, law, and parks.

As of now when the layoffs happen,  Station 84 on Tytus will be closed and all other stations will be staffed with 3 personnel that will cross staff a fire engine and medic unit. When an emergency comes in they will take the most appropriate vehicle and leave the other.

2 News contacted the city leaders Friday and were sent this statement from City manager Doug Adkins. “The city will be working closely with the fire department up to and if necessary, after the layoffs… to collectively find the best answers to provide the best public safety available within the budgetary constraints.”

Middletown last laid off 6 firefighters in 2012, but were able to bring back those firefighters when they were awarded a FEMA SAFER grant.

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