(Cuyahoga County) - Cleveland firefighters have rejected Mayor Frank Jackson's plan to combine Fire and EMS into a single department.

Firefighters cast their ballots Thursday and gave the proposal a thumbs down.

The vote was 327-to-69 against. City Hall claims the rejection is an obstacle to improving safety and performance. The firefighters union bargaining committee had recommended passage.

(Photo by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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