South Euclid Officials: No Immediate Fire Dept. Layoffs

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SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio– Officials in South Euclid announced on Tuesday that there would be no immediate layoffs in the fire department, pending the outcome of a proposed safety levy in November.

The news was announced on the City of South Euclid’s Facebook page.

As a part of negotiations, it was also announced that the South Euclid Professional Firefighters Association has agreed to temporary union contract concessions and additional reductions; which will result in about $117,000 in savings.

A statement from Dan Drees, president of Local 1065, was also included on the Facebook page. Drees said, “The South Euclid Professional Firefighter’s Association is pleased we could meet with the city and reach an amicable financial compromise.

Preventing these devastating layoffs to our department was our only objective and we are hopeful that the residents will do their best to pass the vital safety forces levy in November.”

South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo said, “The City has experienced unprecedented cuts from the State of Ohio, which has resulted in a loss of $1 million annually and we are grateful for the concessions that our firefighters are making to help us prevent layoffs until our residents have the opportunity to decide on a proposed safety levy in November.”

Meanwhile, the City of South Euclid said the administration and members of the Fraternal Order of Police are continuing discussions.

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