Firefighter Layoffs in East St. Louis take effect Monday

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(KPLR) - It could take fire crews longer to respond to fires in East St. Louis.  Layoffs in the fire department take effect Monday.

Sixteen firefighters will be laid offand it's a move that the firefighter's union says will jeopardize public safety.

East St. Louis mayor, Alvin Parks, says it all boils down to money.  These layoffs have been a source of controversy for some time and are not surprising.

Firefighters on the chopping block have been getting paid through a government grant, but that money has run out.  Parks says that there is simply not enough money in the budget to keep the firefighters on board.

Firefighters met with city officials and the city's Financial Advisory Authority about the layoffs.  The FAA recommended the city do not layoff the firefighters, but at this point, we still understand the layoffs are still set to happen.