ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The cutbacks for the St. Louis Fire Department won't be as severe as originally planned after an impassioned plea from the chief.
The city Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday voted to cut by $2 million a budget increase that had been planned for the department. The mayor's office says that even with the cut, the department's proposed budget increase remains the highest of any city department.
The city had originally considered a reduction of more than $4 million, but Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson warned the committee that could endanger the safety of residents because about 50 firefighter jobs would be lost and some fire houses would potentially close.
Under the revised cut, one fire house could close and more than 20 firefighters could lose their jobs.
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