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Taylor Cuts 17 Firefighters Amid Budget Problems

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Some firefighters in the Detroit suburb of Taylor are losing their jobs as a private company takes over emergency medical services for the area.

Taylor Fire Chief Bob tompos confirms to Fox 2's Al Allen that 17 firefighters were notified Tuesday that they'll be out of a job Friday when HealthLink takes over the services.

Click on the video player to see Al Allen's report.

The city has been dealing with budget problems. Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand says the shift is expected to save about $1 million to $2 million annually in coming years.

Lamarand estimates at least 85 percent of the Taylor Fire Department's annual calls are for medical emergencies. Firefighters still will respond to fires and accidents.

After Friday, there will be 24 Taylor firefighters. Fire Chief Bob Tompos says he's concerned that the department's ability to effectively fight fires will be diminished by staffing.
 

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