The proposed budget cuts that would result in the firing of three fulltime firefighters in Eldon would, if approved, be a continuing trend. Department officials say this year they’ve been denied the ability to use a fund set up for incentives for volunteers, despite the fact that several of them worked 24 hours straight in response to the tornado that hit the city. The loss of manpower would also dramatically reduce response times, even leaving the city without a fulltime firefighter on duty for some shifts. That means they’d be relying on volunteers with an average response time of 10-15 minutes, or mutual aid, with an average response of up to 20 minutes. Short staffing would also affect responses to medical emergencies, with only one qualified staffer on duty at a time. It would also result in cancellation of the fire cadet program and reduced participation in community events. City officials are expected to vote on the proposed budget Thursday, December 19th. The meeting will be held at 6pm at 1000 Highway Y.