BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – A collection of off duty Biloxi firemen gathered near the Town Green on Tuesday morning to protest. They're upset that the Biloxi City Council approved a budget last week that they say unfairly cuts their salaries.
Firemen tell WLOX News that the new Biloxi budget eliminates one 24 hour shift a month that firefighters normally work. That was considered scheduled overtime, an opportunity, firemen said, to pick up some additional money in their paychecks.
As the off duty firefighters gathered near the Town Green for their march to city hall, Michelle Crowley of the Biloxi Firefighters Association told WLOX News that her group was ultimately worried about public safety. She claims that because of the budget changes, fewer firefighters will be on duty, and public safety will be at risk.
Krystal Allan will be at city hall Tuesday morning to talk with Biloxi leaders about whether they think the concerns expressed by the off duty fire personnel are valid. Watch for her story later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.