Euclid lays off 3 firefighters

Euclid lays off 3 firefighters

EUCLID, OH (WOIO) - Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik said the City of Euclid was forced to lay off three firefighters in a move to try and help the city's financial situation.

The three firefighters were notified last month in a 30-day warning and the layoffs took effect Jan. 5.

Mayor Cervenik said it leaves 23 firefighters per shift, each day. The city needs at least 16 to be on duty to maintain the equipment. He does not believe residents are in danger.

Euclid has had a tough year financially, facing deficits and dipping into the city's general fund. Citing a 19 percent increase in healthcare costs and losing revenue from state taxes that were slashed, Mayor Cervenik said the layoffs were necessary to make budget.

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