Peoria, Ill. (HOI) — After closing one fire station lead to slower response times, firefighters make a legal agreement with the city to keep another station open.
In front of decommissioned fire house Station 4, Union Local 50 President, Ryan Brady stressed the impact of closing the city’s oldest station.
"This constant reduction of the fire department is really going to have devastating consequences," said Brady.
The Union said the area that used to be served by Station 4 has seen response times 90 seconds slower.
A minute and a half may sound like a small amount of time but firefighters said seconds matter.
"That’s a long time when you’re not breathing and in a fire that’s the difference between life and death," said Brady.
Union President Brady said his team is taking a hit to help the city too.
Peoria Firefighters aren’t sure how much more cuts the department can take but they’re willing to settle the unfair labor practice lawsuit against the city in exchange for a station to stay open.
"During difficult financial times for the city, the firefighters union has stepped up to do the right thing for the citizens and the safety of us because we know what’s at stake," said Brady.
This will give the city money to keep Station 20 open until about April 2020.
"Council needs to start prioritizing its basic core services. Police, fire, public works, I don’t care which order. Get those resolved first because that’s what our citizens want most. Ask," said Brady
October 27, 2020 at 07:38PM