(KMOV)—Budget cuts in the Alton area will assist the emergency responders in operating more efficiently while saving city funds.
According to the Alton mayor, budget problems in the community will now force Alton to cutback the types of calls the fire department will answer.
The cuts will be made in an effort to operate more efficiently but will not put the public at risk. Firefighters and paramedics will now get 65 percent of the nearly 3500 calls a year the department would normally get.
The other 34 percent will automatically go to the two private ambulance services in Alton. The savings to the city will be with fuel for the department’s vehicles as well as easing manpower issues.
This will take effect next month.