GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A lawsuit has been filed to try to bring laid off firefighters back to the Garden City Fire Department.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, there are both volunteer firefighters and paid firefighters in the Long Island village.
But a few months ago, the board voted to lay off six paid firefighters in a cost-cutting measure that could save the village $950,000 a year.
Attorney Richard Corenthal, who represents the firefighters, said because of the layoffs, three firehouses are not properly staffed.
“There’s something called the two in, two out rule. You have to have two firefighters inside and two outside so that they can maintain communications. That first responding engine does not have the adequate staffing to respond,” Corenthal told Hall.