It could be bad news for more than 200 plus Houston firefighters in the next week. FOX 26 news has learned 238 of the civil servants have been told to attend special meetings on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. It is there where they could be told they're facing layoffs as a result of the city's budget gap.
Our sources say the fire department will likely target those hired after 2009. On that list those who are currently in the fire academy, on probation, and firefighters who've just come off probation.
The firefighters' union President Jeff Caynon confirms for FOX there are a series of special meetings next week. However, Caynon says he hasn't given up his effort to keep all the firefighters on the department. He says the Fire Chief will likely lay out the options those 238 first responders will face if laid off. Caynon says, "we can't deliver our services with 200 less firefighters."
Our calls to the fire department have not been returned as of Thursday afternoon.