Joplin’s public safety workers say they have answered the calls to put out fires and fight crime about as long as they can without increased pay.
“As professional firefighters we’ve worked diligently to solve problems,” said Adam Grimes of Joplin Professional Firefighters Local 59, International Association of Fire Fighters.
“We have taken cuts to pay and pension benefits and done with less as long as we could,” he said. “We are focused on citizen safety, and we don’t believe, on our current path, we can continue to provide the current level of service that the residents have been confident with” in view of the difficulties the fire and police departments experience in hiring and retaining qualified personnel.
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