CRANE, Ind. (WTHI) - The United States Navy is responding to a group of protesting fire fighters at Crane Naval Base in southern Indiana.
Monday, News 10 told you about cuts potentially smoking firefighters out of their jobs.
Firefighters said at least eight people could be cut, but the Navy's saying that's not the entire picture. They say it all boils down to a recent study.
"We concluded that dis-establishing one company at Crane should not significantly impact the ability to meet response times," Kenneth Cronk the Navy Region Midwest Public Affairs Officer said.
Essentially, the standards have changed since 2007, and the Navy claims it doesn't need as many firefighter positions at the Crane base. Therefore, the study suggests cutting those positions.
The move would also save money, which is considered a good thing in the age of government shortages. So for now, that's what Navy leadership plans on doing. Obviously, it's not a popular stance with the firefighters and their reps.
News 10 got a letter from the Crane NSA Union Vice President, Terry Pemberton, responding to the Navy.
He believes the cuts would be unwise.
"Since 2007 .... significant incidents have increased but someone in the government believes it is a good idea to cut first responders at the base anyway," Pemberton said.
However, the Navy refuted any suggestions of danger in their decisions.
"The statement of, 'there's more of a risk or more of a danger,' I would not agree with that statement," Gelacio Rodriguez, the Navy Midwest Fire Chief said.
The Navy also added that the number of jobs affected could dip below eight. A final decision will be made in November.
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