FDNY graduating class could be last one for some time

It was graduation day for nearly 300 probationary firefighters, but it could be the last one for some time due to city budget cuts.Fire Commissioner

BROOKLYN - It was graduation day for nearly 300 probationary firefighters, but it could be the last one for some time due to city budget cuts.

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta called Monday?s graduation at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum bittersweet.

?We don't know when we'll have another class,? says Scoppetta. ?We're hopeful that sometime later this year we'll be able to schedule one."

The FDNY canceled its next class that would've started next month due to the budget cuts. Scoppetta says the department still has to cut $95 million from its budget -- but safety is a top priority. ?We're going to try to minimize any impact on operations,? adds Scoppetta.

The fire commissioner says Monday?s graduates do not have to worry about losing their jobs, claiming layoffs will be a last resort.

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