Gary to lay off 15 emergency first responders on New Year’s Eve
The Gary City Council has voted to layoff 15 emergency first responders in order to save money.
The cuts were approved by a vote of 6-2 during a special meeting Friday night. Effective Monday at midnight, 15 EMT’s and firefighters will be out of a job. Some of those employees have worked for the city for more than thirty years.
After the cuts take effect, the city will have 35 firefighters who will be cross-trained as EMT’s.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says the cuts put the city between “a rock and a hard place”. In addition to the cuts, six vacancies will not be filled.