A draft budget in the City of Eldon would cut half of the paid positions in the fire department. That could not only make it more difficult to respond in times of emergency, but it could also have other impacts on the city residents. That could include higher home insurance premiums as a result of having a lack of trained staff able to respond to calls and handle equipment. The department would be left understaffed to meet national standards in terms of numbers of first responders who can go into a life-threatening situation while having adequate numbers to protect and rescue them if needed. The Eldon Fire Department is expected to hit the 2000 call mark this year. They’re currently outpacing Lake Ozark, Osage Beach, Moreau, and Rocky Mount in that category. The budget will be voted on next Thursday in a meeting scheduled for 6pm. We’ll have more for you on this story when our series concludes Saturday.