PORT CHESTER, N. Y. -- The battle over Port Chester's move to eliminate a paid fire department grew heated Monday as protestors descended on a village board meeting to tell officials that an all-volunteer force puts lives at risk, according to lohud.com.
A large crowd of union firefighters came out to protest the layoff of all eight of Port Chester's paid firefighters in a cost-saving move to change to a volunteer department.
Village officials made the decision May 2 to balance the budget by saving $800,000 in salary and other costs, lohud.com says.
But opponents say it was retaliation for criticism lodged against volunteer firefighters from paid firefighters over the handling of a March 3 fire at 40 Cottage St. The village of Rye Brook has also sued Port Chester, which provides fire service to Rye Brook, for breach of contract, lohud.com reports.