CT Town Grapples with Funding Firefighter Raises

Residents of Wallingford, Connecticut, showed up in force at a town council meeting to support an arbitration ruling that gives firefighters a 2.26 percent pay increase in the current fiscal year, according to a news report on www.myrecordjournal.com. The arbitration decision, which the town council unanimously voted to not appeal, has created a budget deficit for the fire department and could lead to fewer paramedics working nights and weekends.

One of those voicing their support was resident and New Haven (CT) Fire Lieutenant Frank Ricci, who said laying off emergency responders would undercut a small staff already in need of another ambulance, not fewer paramedics. Although the town won’t appeal the arbitration decision, the potential for layoffs to offset costs remains.

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