The Lehigh Acres fire district announced today that 35 firefighters and three administrative staffers have been laid off, said spokesman Patrick Comer.
Ambulance service is being trimmed from five to three ambulances, and the district also is closing its headquarters, Station No. 5, which is located at Bell and Milwaukee boulevards.
The station wasn’t staffed today. A brush truck, an ambulance and a ladder truck were sitting idle there.
The district lost almost 49 percent of taxable property value this year because of plummeting property values. The cuts are a way to make up for the lost tax dollars needed to operate the district.
One of the three administrative employees who were laid off is Comer.