Peoria’s firefighters union is responding to proposed cuts. At Tuesday’s city council meeting City Manager Patrick Urich introduced several new proposals to help the city cut down on its $6,000,000 budget deficit.
To close the budget cap the city is considering consolidating two fire stations into one and closing down two engines. Past and present employees of Peoria Firefighters Union IAFF Local 50 joined current union president Ryan Brady at station 8 on Thursday.
Brady believes the proposal would be a safety hazard for victims and first responders.
“Seconds matter, it’s hard enough to navigate some of the streets when they are congested let alone with traffic,” said Brady. He adds, “We have the response times in the firehouse we have had for 20 plus years for reason, because they work.”
Councilwoman Densie Moore hopes the city council will vote on the proposal before Christmas.