Firefighters took to the streets of metro Atlanta Saturday not to raise awareness about fire prevention, but instead to put a spotlight on the impact of recent layoffs.
After a short meeting at Fire Station No. 23, located in the 4100 block of Cascade Road, firefighters dispersed into groups, and passed out informational fliers about layoffs and the impact of such decisions on the residents of South Fulton County.
The fliers warned residents of what some firefighters call dangerously low staffing aboard fire trucks. "We have a procedure for Fulton County that says you need to have two people backing you up if you have two people inside," said Donna Dingler, president of IAF Local 3920.
Thirty-three firefighters are receiving layoff notices in South Fulton County. County officials said fewer firefighters are needed since the city of Johns Creek in north Fulton County is opening its own fire station.
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