Firefighters who work for the Air National Guard could lose their jobsFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Firefighters who work for the Air National Guard could lose their jobs. As soon as October, the air guard is cutting a program called C-21.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Firefighters who work for the Air National Guard could lose their jobs. As soon as October, the air guard is cutting a program called C-21.
It's a jet used in emergency situations. And without it, there's virtually no need for full-time E-M-Ts.
28 firefighters come in and out of this garage daily. By October, all of their jobs could be wiped out. Including one EMT who says he feels betrayed.
Chad Noyes/Firefighter: "It's tough."
They're the first responders.
Noyes: "We love this job."
Part of a program to keep this air base safe. Many serving the Air National Guard for decades.
Noyes: "There's people that have been out here for a long time and that are close to retirement but not able to retire just yet."
Others, who've been here for just a few years, but are afraid that by October, they'll be sent packing.
Noyes:"A lot of people are already stressing about it because they aren't ready to go find another job."
We spoke with Colonel Kent Olson off camera, who says they're fighting for the men.
And they don't want them to leave.
And the Colonel claims this isn't a done deal either.
Noyes: "We just don't know how long that's going to last. I mean once the money runs out, there's no job."
28 full-time employees could potentially be cut. Some will be cut down to part-time - one weekend a month, 15 days a year.
The team says it's more than just the money,
Noyes:"We know what's expected out of everybody and you're taking that away."
Many of the firefighters have served in the middle east, in Afghanistan, Iraq and deployed to ground zero on the day America will remember forever.
Noyes:"I feel like we've served our country and now they're taking away something that we love and it almost feels like a slap in the face."
In a few weeks, base officials will fly to Washington, where they'll discuss the future of these firefighters jobs.