(KMOV) -- The city of St. Louis will lay off more than two dozen firefighters.
The lay-offs come after nine months of contract negotiations between the city and the firefighters' union.
According to the firefighters union, 30 firefighters will be laid off. Another 24 positions will be eliminated through attrition. Currently there are 19 jobs available that will not be filled.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes the head of the firefighters' union as saying that fewer firefighters mean the public is at a greater risk..
He says these cuts are going to "destroy" morale among firefighters.
This will be one of the few fire department lay-offs in the city's history.
Mayor Slay's office issued a statement Tuesday morning:
“Because of deep investment losses in recent years, the Fire Department cost of the Fireman’s Retirement System is going up by $4.7 million next fiscal year, which will force the City of St. Louis to make cuts in the Fire Department. Those cuts will include 30 firefighter layoffs, the maximum number the City can reduce without closing fire houses. It marks the sixth straight year the cost of FRS has gone up. It marks the first time that anyone can remember that the City has laid off firefighters…”
To read the rest of the statement, click here.
To see information regarding St. Louis Fire Department pensions, click here.
You can read the full St. Louis Post-Dispatch article by clicking here.