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Poquonnock Bridge lays off 9 firefighters

Poquonnock Bridge had 25 firefighters before Friday's layoffs and now has 16. The department may staff four per shift, but as a practical matter, could have fewer due to illnesses or vacation.

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Firefighter coats and safety equipment hang in the apparatus bay at the Poquonnock Bridge Fort Hill Fire Station Friday morning, July 25, 2014. The coat, second from the right, belonged to one of the firefighters let go in this round of layoffs.

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Poquonnock Bridge firefighters Brian Quilter, left, and Joe Baril, right, talk with Firefighter John Stanford, center, as Quilter and Baril check out at the end of their shift Friday, July 25, 2014, leaving Stanford and only two other firefighters on duty at the change of shift due to department layoffs.

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Poquonnock Bridge Firefighter Joe Baril hangs up his coat and safety gear as he checks out at the end of his shift Friday, July 25, 2014, leaving the three on-duty firefighters to perform their start of shift morning tasks and safety checks at the change of shift due to department layoffs.

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Poquonnock Bridge firefighters Brian Quilter and Joe Baril talk inside the Fort Hill Station at the end of their shift Friday, July 25, 2014, leaving three firefighters on duty at the change of shift due to department layoffs.

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Poquonnock Bridge firefighter Brian Quilter clears Engine 33 as the department responds to a call with only three on duty firefighters on board at shift change Friday, July 25, 2014.

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