DICKINSON -

Could proposed budget cuts put Dickinson residents’ safety at risk?

The City of Dickinson is expected to vote next month on budget cuts that would eliminate the full-time use of one of its two ambulances.

The cuts also mean three of the city’s seven full-time firefighters would lose their jobs.

Dickinson’s city manager said this could mean longer response times.

This concerns one firefighter Local 2 spoke with, who did not want to go on camera.

“What price can you put on human life and public safety? You can't,” he said. “If we have four police officers on the street because we have a bad year, are we gonna go down to two?”

The city council will vote on September 10. If approved, the cuts would go into effect October 1.