Endicott, NY fire fighters will no longer be responsible for emergency management services.

The city’s mayor has decided to strip EMS duties from fire fighters.

Paul Higgins, union president of Local 1280, says the mayor’s decision boils down to petty politics and is retaliation against the fire union.

You can read his statement before the City Council.

The decision will hurt fire fighters in the wallet. Some fire fighters pay will be cut by 53 cents per hour.

It is the IAFF’s position that emergency management service works best in the hands of trusted professionals: fire fighters. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again until these political leaders understand that public safety should come first.

Watch Higgins make his speech before the City Council.