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Video: East St. Louis Fire Dept. showcases budget cut challenges

The department is hoping this video will bring attention to the troubles they and firefighters around the nation are facing

By FireRescue1 Staff

Editor's note: For more insight on how videos like these effect the fire service, read Chief Adam K. Thiel's analysis

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — Statter911 points us to this video detailing the challenges the East St. Louis Fire Department is facing.

The video shows deserted firehouses and helmet cam footage of crews battling blazes.

According to the video description, the East St. Louis Fire Department responds to the highest percentage of fires in the St. Louis metro east, but the number of firefighters has dropped from 150 to 53 due to budget cuts.

By May 2013, 22 more firefighters may be laid off.

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