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firefighters in Fostoria could soon be out of work, but the chief says he's
taking a proactive approach to protect his division.
firefighter positions are on the chopping block due to a shortage in funding –
that's about 40 percent of the staff.
department has created an online petition, asking the community to show support
for their heroes.
Chief Keith Loreno says when it comes to fire departments, people often don't
realize how important it is to be fully staffed until it's too late.
your garbage isn't picked up on Monday, everybody knows within a week that
there's a problem in the community," Loreno said. "The problem with the fire
department is, if you don't really stay on top of it and people don't see that
we've had reduced services, they don't know there's an issue until there's
actually an emergency. Of course, that's really a bad time to find out."
petition will be sent to FEMA next Thursday, with the hope of getting a $1.2
million grant to hold onto all eight positions for the next two years.