Fire Chief Wayne Plans to
Lay off 46 Firefighters Anyway
During the Lehigh Acres Fire Budget workshop on July 17, 2014 Chief Wayne said, “I’m planning on laying off 46 firefighters temporary even if the tax assessment passes.” Wayne explained to the Fire Commissioners that we just do not have the money to keep them after April 1, 2015. Wayne went on to say “We have to wait until November 2015 to hire them back.”
Wayne also admitted to the commissioners he’s had talks with Lee County EMS officials and they are planning on placing County EMS ambulance in Lehigh Acres if the assessment fails.
Scott Tuttle, Deputy Director Public Safety and EMS Chief for Lee County EMS said, “We are aware of the assessment for Lehigh Fire that is going on the Nov. 4ballot. We are working to develop a plan, should that ballot measure fail. The county will work with Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue to ensure there is continuous EMS coverage for the residence of Lehigh Acres. Lee County is responsible to ensure EMS coverage is provided throughout the county.”