Mayor Jean Stothert said Friday the city will lay off firefighters next year if the Omaha Fire Department does not pare its paramedic training class from 48 members to 12.
In a statement, Stothert did not elaborate on the number of possible layoffs or when exactly they would take effect.
In a retirement agreement with Fire Chief Mike McDonnell, Stothert said she would not lay off any firefighters until after Dec. 21.
“Currently we have 21 more firefighters than we are budgeted for,” Stothert's statement said. “If layoffs are necessary in 2014, we will still maintain a sworn strength higher than what we were when the contract was ratified at the beginning of this year.”
The mayor said she has been negotiating with the fire union.
“As of tonight, they have not agreed to my offer,” she said.
Stothert said her pledge for no layoffs would continue into 2015 as well, if the fire union agrees to her budget proposals and the Fire Department stays within its budget.
Union officials could not be reached for comment.