KCMO Firefighters Fighting Proposed Job, Budget Cuts

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Missouri Firefighters say that proposed department budget cuts could put the department in violation of national standards.

On Wednesday, firefighters and city officials met during a Public Safety Committee meeting to discuss the proposed budget cuts set forward by city manager Troy Shulte, who recommends cutting 105 positions in the department, saving the city $7.6 million.

The proposed budget cuts come as the city goes through an unprecedented lack of revenue growth over the past five years. Firefighters have been spared the cuts that many other city departments have had to face, but city officials say that the department can no longer be considered untouchable.

During Wednesday's meeting, fire officials said that while they are responding to fewer fires overall, they respond to many other types of emergencies and the proposed cuts could put the department behind other fire departments across the nation.

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