Illinois State Police troopers are slated to patrol the streets of East St. Louis. The Illinois State Police have already routinely worked on the city’s homicide investigations.
— FOX2now (@FOX2now) January 9, 2014
In 2010 the city of East St. Louis announced that it will layoff 37 employees, including 19 of its 62 police officers, 11 firefighters, four public works employees, and three administrators.
East St. Louis firefighters struggle too.
With over 150 firefighters that used to protect this city, only 53 remain due to budget cuts. Unfortunately the East St. Louis fire department is facing laying off 22 more firefighters in May 2013 which is extremely dangerous.
Most fire departments respond up to five engines, two Chiefs and 15 firefighters to a house fire. Right now only two engines and six firefighters respond to a structure or house fire in East St. Louis every incident which is well below the number required by the NFPA. This is not to mention the other fire calls that come in. If layoffs occur, that number could fall to 3 firefighters and 1 engine which will be catastrophic.
August 2010: The embattled city of East St. Louis has 19 fewer police officers patrolling its streets and 11 fewer firefighters. The city council voted Friday to lay off nearly 40 workers, including the firefighters and police.
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