SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse firefighters rallied in front Mayor Stephanie Miner's new campaign headquarters on E. Washington Street on Saturday.
While Miner and her staff held a grand opening to kick off the campaign season inside, members of Syracuse Firefighters Local 208 and their supporters voiced their opposition to Miner’s plan to close a fire station and reduce the number of firefighters on duty each shift.
As part of the city’s proposed budget, Miner has called for closing Fire Station No. 7 and reducing the number of firefighters on a shift from 69 to 65.
Miner said the city does not have the $1.5 million needed for repairs to Fire Station No. 7, while reducing the number of firefighters on a shift will save about $1.5 million in overtime costs.
The President of Syracuse Firefighters Local 208 said now is not the time to be making such cuts.
“And we think this is the wrong time to cut staffing, when we broke a record last year, of 28-thousand calls and we’re projected to do over 30-thousand calls this year,” said Syracuse Firefighters Local 208 President Lonnie Johnson.
Johnson said more protests are planned this week.