LINDEN - Linden firefighters rallied outside a council meeting tonight in support of taking over the city's ambulance service to avoid layoffs.

The fire department says that by combining the services, they will be able to save enough money to avoid the cuts. Other New Jersey fire departments also attended the meeting, along with Linden Mayor Richard J. Gerbounka.

Gerbounka and the council members say they want to study the proposal further before making a decision. Officials say seven Linden firefighters have already received pink slips and will lose their jobs Jan. 15 unless the union works out a deal with the city.