Firefighters Protest Proposed Budget Cuts

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Roughly 150 firefighters and their families are protesting proposed budget cuts at City Hall.

Council members could vote to cut $58 million from the Los Angeles Fire Department’s budget on Friday.

The cuts would permanently eliminate eight engine companies and four ambulances.

The firefighters’ union says lives will be lost and public safety will be jeopardized if the cuts are approved.

However, the fire chief, who supports the plan, says it will save the city $200 million over the next three years.

No fire stations would be closed and no jobs would be eliminated under the plan, which would take effect July 1.

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