39 firefighters being laid off in Waterford

WATERFORD, Mich. – Today, dozens of Waterford firefighters will be laid off. Thirty-nine firefighters were hired in April of 2013 under a FEMA grant that wasn’t renewed this year. Now, Waterford will have to consolidate from four firefighters per truck to two.

This will impact how crews do their jobs but the department says they have no choice.

“Because of their reduction in man power overall, we won’t respond with the same amount of people and in some cases we might be delayed with our response,” said union Local 1335 president Damon Harney.  “As you can probably assume that does not sit well with us.”

There is some talk that positions outside the grant will also see layoffs, but city leaders are working to make sure that doesn’t happen.

From ClickonDetroit.com