Federal Grant Could Save Firefighter Jobs
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There’s growing optimism this morning that the layoffs targeted for the St. Louis Fire Department will be postponed — at least for now.
The firefighters union says Congressman Russ Carnahan’s is pressing the city’s finance board to delay a vote scheduled for this afternoon that would eliminate 49 positions — because Carnahan has received unofficial word the city fire department is on the verge of receiving a $3.2 million federal grant.
The union also tells KMOX that two members of the board — Comptroller Darlene Green and Aldermanic President Lewis Reed — are against the layoffs. Those two could block Mayor Slay, who has supported the cost cutting move.
The fire department budget is $2.5 million short and expected to be deeper in the hole next year.