Memphis to cut 122 fire department jobs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis Fire Department director Alvin Benson said the closure of a fire station is the first of several cuts that will take place.

However, Benson said none of the 122 positions he must cut because of budgetary constraints will result in layoffs.

Rather, Benson told The Commercial Appeal, the target will be reached through retirements and resignations. The city must cut$5.8 million from the fire service budget.

The closing of station No. 6 in three weeks will help save the city $2 million in overtime costs. The 30 firefighters from the station and truck No. 22, which is being decommissioned, will add available firefighters to the city pool. That fills staffing gaps that are now plugged by off-duty firefighters who get overtime pay when called in.

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