Fire union: Portsmouth down by 6 companies

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- A social media post from Portsmouth's Fire Department Union has a lot of people worried/

In a Facebook posting, the Portsmouth Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association tells everyone to be careful, because six companies are out of service due to "a major staffing shortage over the last 5-plus years... the previous city council was utilizing salary savings from public safety positions to balance the budget."

The post adds that the fire department currently has 50 vacancies

We're waiting to hear back from the City of Portsmouth and the union for further comment.

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