Hammond firefighters protest city cutbacks

January 9, 2012 2:44:59 PM PST
Firefighters in Hammond, Indiana, took things into their own hands Monday to protest cutbacks by the city.

They visited a high-rise apartment building to warn residents that a fire department ladder truck will no longer be staffed.

Hammond has four ladder trucks, which are used less frequently than ambulances and engines.

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott tells the Northwest Indiana Times the truck won't be sold or decommissioned. It will be available for use.

However, McDermott says, not manning the truck will result in savings of $900,000 a year.