Deal reached to avoid Trenton firefighter layoffs

TRENTON — The city and fire unions have a plan to reduce fire department overtime that will sidestep the need to layoff firefighters or close fire companies, officials said Wednesday.

Last month, the state approved a city plan to layoff 64 firefighters on Nov. 1 to cover a $5.3 million budget hole caused by the city not receiving a federal grant.

The firefighters will, for the foreseeable future, operate the department’s seven engine companies with three firefighters, instead of four, which should drastically reduce overtime, firefighters’ union president Wayne Wolk said.

The city regularly budgets $1.5 million …read more

Source: Mercer

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