Connecticut firefighters laid off

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Fire officials in Groton are expressing concern after nine firefighters were officially laid off.
The Day of New London reports that the layoffs at the Poquonnock Bridge Fire District officially took effect on Friday, and combined with four unfilled vacancies will result in a 42 percent reduction in the department.
Fire Chief Todd Paige said he felt “sadness, difficulty, frustration,” over the layoffs, which were first announced last month.
The department previously had a minimum of five firefighters and two engines per shift. In the future, the minimum staffing will be three firefighters and a single engine.
Paige says the department responded to about 1,200 emergency calls last year.
Groton taxpayers approved a $700,000 budget reduction for the fiscal year that started on July 1.

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