Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Di Vito denied a request this afternoon from Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters for an injunction to stop Mayor Nutter's plan to close seven fire companies next Monday.
Local 22, in a legal action launched two weeks ago, said the elimination of five fire engines and two ladder trucks would endanger the lives of firefighters and city residents. The union argued that a grievance it filed with the city on Dec. 3 about the company closings should be considered before any action is taken.
Nutter's plan will not lay off any firefighters or close any fire stations. Instead, firefighters staffing the seven companies will be reassigned to other duties, saving the city $10.4 million a year in overtime costs. The closures are part of a larger plan to close a $1 billion-plus gap in the city's five-year financial plan.