Not So Jolly This Season
"I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" won't be the favorite song in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, this month. On Thursday the city told 11 firefighters that on Saturday – two days hence – they would be furloughed for an indefinite period of time. This will leave the 2-station FD with but 11 firefighters and 2 paramedics on each shift.
The layoffs come just in time for the holidays, and what fire chief Jay Delaney said is the department’s busiest season.
"It’s our busiest time of the year for medical emergencies, extension cord fires, candle fires. People use innovative ways to heat their houses," said Chief Delaney.
The chief said despite the layoffs, both fire engines the department has will still be used everyday for every shift. He also said all shifts would remain fully staffed, with 11 firefighters and two paramedics.
Chief Delaney says that "service to the public
will not be affected." (WNEP-TV)
Not reported was what their definition of "fully staffed" is.
WNEP-TV covers the furloughs and their impact in the video report:
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