The Central Coventry Fire district’s union says it’s still willing to negotiate even though the district has filed for bankruptcy.
The governor’s office announced Tuesday a chapter 9 bankruptcy after months of receivership. Head of the firefighters’ union David Gorman says the bankruptcy will hurt the town of Coventry. “I still maintain that the governor’s bankruptcy plan will jeopardize public safety even further than we’re at today. We’re down just 31 firefighters from 52,” said Gorman. He added that the firefighters have also downsized from five stations to two.
The Central Coventry firefighters union says it was surprised to learn that filing for bankruptcy was on the table. The union’s president said he thought cost cutting negotiations were moving forward.
There’s been little movement on the Central Coventry Fire District’s expected path towards bankruptcy since it was first reported last week, by channel 12. The union has been in talks with a state receiver for the past several months. The fire district is more than 3 million dollars in debt according to union president David Gorman.
A spokeswoman for Memorial Hospital said that three first responders were treated there for heat exhaustion after battling a five-alarm fire at a chemical company in Central Falls. Dyana Koelsch said none of those first responders had been admitted to the hospital.
Temperatures crested 90 degrees today, adding to dangerous conditions for firefighters and rescue workers.
The fire started today in an old mill building, most likely during a mixing process that involved toxic chemicals.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Providence firefighters vote Wednesday on a revised deal with the city. Paul Doughty, president of the city’s firefighters union, says members are voting on a couple of changes, but the most important one centers on how well their pension is funded. He says right now the pension is about 30 percent funded. Firefighters will vote on a provision requiring the city to pay at least 95 percent of its yearly contribution until the pension is 80 percent funded.