Mutual Aid for East St. Louis -

Mutual Aid for East St. Louis

Today the Mayor of East St. Louis announced major cuts to the city's staff. The bulk of the cuts, 13, will be to the city's fire department. A question that arose in the press conference and later here in the newsroom is the decision to rely heavily on mutual aid. Traditionally, mutual aid is a practice reserved for extreme fires and cities like St. Louis, Washington Park and Centreville respond. Currently East St. Louis has 12 fire fighters working per shift in 4 different fire houses. With the cuts, the city will operate 3 fire houses and have 9 firemen on duty per shift.

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