WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (WDTN) - The first day of furloughs has arrived to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
It is already weighing heavily on those impacted.
"This is the first time I've ever seen it come up that someone was going to be impacted," said Charles Seldenright.
It is something the 24-year Air Force veteran never would have guessed would happen to his family.
Now, he feels like the government has let his daughter and son-in-law, who is working on the base, down.
"It's going to take twenty percent of his pay for eleven weeks and I don't know if I really agree with that on the count of Congress not having to give up a day of their wages," said Seldenright.
Government mandated furloughs took effect Monday.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base estimates about 10,000 employees are affected losing a day of pay for eleven weeks.
It has Seldenright's family working a little harder to catch up.
"She works at a hair salon and she's already cleaning a couple houses," Seldenright said of his daughter. "So that's helping bring in some extra money."
On base, losing any of the first responders is becoming a bigger concern.
Roy Colbrunn of the base's fire department said safety is being taken for granted.
"We have an inspection coming right in the middle of the furlough," said Colbrunn, president of the IAFF Local F-88. "And our guys are wondering why I should give full effort to show that we can pass an inspection while you're cutting us back by twenty percent."
In the days leading up to the furlough, the command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the fire department tried to get an exemption for the firefighters.
Instead of eleven furlough days, 74 of the base's 86 firefighters will have to take five.
The other 12 employees, including fire inspectors, will have to take all eleven furlough days.
Colbrunn is worried they will not be able to respond to a dangerous plane crash like the one last Saturday in San Francisco.
"Sooner or later, something is going to happen on the scale of San Francisco and then we'll wake up and realize the mistakes we've all been telling them about for the past five years," said Colbrunn.
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