Fire Prevention & Protection, Firefighting, Leadership

CO Bill Would Require Firefighter Unions

A bill under consideration in Colorado would make it mandatory for firefighters to have collective bargaining rights and unions for those rights.

The Cortez Journal reports ( that the Cortez Fire Protection District and the city of Cortez are closely monitoring the bill’s progress, and the city council even approved sending a letter from the mayor the governor to protest the measure.

Cortez Fire Chief Jeff Vandevoorde said some fire departments and districts in the state have unions and collective bargaining rights for the unions, but Cortez does not if, and if the bill passed, the department would be forced to comply.

From an administrative standpoint, Vandevoorde said, having a union is not always easy. “The union sometimes wants to do something that is (not wise).”