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Syracuse Fire Department debate heats up at public hearing

A public hearing was held Monday night concerning proposed changes to the Syracuse Fire Department.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- A public hearing was held Monday night concerning proposed changes to the Syracuse Fire Department.

As part of a restructuring plan, Fire Station 7 will close. Station 6 will gain a rescue vehicle, but lose its engine company to a newly structured Station 1.

Not everyone is on board with the latest developments.

President of Syracuse Firefighters Lonnie Johnson was at Monday’s public hearing. He said, “This was a minimum staffing of 65, and this was the best that they could come up with...we think the minimum staffing should stay at 69, and there should be no cuts to the staffing for the safety of the citizens and for the firefighters."

Fire Chief Paul Linnertz disagrees. He said, "I see no reason for any citizen to be scared, the fire departments response is going to continue to be excellent and I don't know what I can do to allay their fears."

Common Council will review the budget in the coming weeks before voting on it next month.

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