Council needs more time to decide on part-time firefighters

TROY, Ohio (WDTN)– An ordinance involving part-time firefighters/EMT’s is passed on to a third reading by city council members.

Firefighters were present inside city hall Monday night, along with Troy Fire Chief, Chris Boehringer.

Unlike previous meetings, no one took the podium to speak.

In a 6 to 2 vote, city council members signified they weren’t ready to vote on an ordinance that would allow Chief Boehringer to hire two part-time employees.

Earlier this year, the fire chief presented a complete analysis of the department’s needs. In it, he stated the department would benefit from hiring 24 part-time employees, rather than fewer full-time employees.

Troy firefighters and some residents are against the move– citing concerns over high turn over rate, and efficiency.

The number went from 24, down to two.

“I think it’s going to give us a starting point, and it can give us the opportunities to develop policies, develop procedures around those two employees. I think that’s a good place to start,” said Chief Boehringer.

A union representative was also at Monday night’s meeting, on behalf of the firefighters in Troy.

Chief Boehringer admitted the situation has created tension within the department, but said it has not affected job performance.

“These gentleman are professionals, as am I, and my staff– so we have not let it get in the way of communicating the things that need to be communicated. From what I can tell, they haven’t let it get between their performance.”

The next city council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 7.

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