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Fire Department Reorganizing, Adding Firefighters

Starting in 2015, the Fire Department will roll out a three-step process to promote within its ranks and add four firefighters.

Mansfield Fire Department. Patch File Photo.
Mansfield Fire Department. Patch File Photo.

The Mansfield Fire Department will soon start the process of reorganizing its ranks and adding four more firefighters, according to the Sun Chronicle

The plan will include three phases: the fire department will promote six lieutenants to captains in fiscal year 2015, four firefighters to lieutenants in 2016, and hire four new firefighters in 2017. Fire Chief Neal Boldrighini said the measure will minimally impact taxpayers and that money from the town would not be needed until 2017. 

To pay for the measure, the town will reduce overtime, cut the loss of revenue on mutual aid, and, adjust its Blue Cross Blue Shield provider plan, and raise the cost of ambulance rides. The Board of Selectmen approved the measure unanimously.

BH December 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM
What a great spin they've put on this article. They say they will reduce overtime, cut insurance etc....Then they say they will need money in 2017. And promoting individuals means a boost in salary, but "minimally impact taxpayers". So basically they will cut overtime that isn't needed anyways, there are very few fires in mansfield. All the inspections and routine checks can't be done during 8 hour shifts. This is a raise for firefighters, promotion for fire fighters and hiring four new ones in 2017 (how do we even know we'll need them?).
BH December 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM
*can be done during 8 hour shifts.
HJ December 15, 2013 at 04:03 PM
I'd like to see the books for the fire dept before I pass comment on this, but I think Mansfield should go to a volunteer dept.
BH December 15, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I know this is the 2011 report, but take a look at the fire department salaries, they start on page 114. http://www.mansfieldma.com/Annaul_Report_2011.pdf
Tina Mqs December 16, 2013 at 06:55 AM
We can't go to a volunteer department- we're too busy- esp with the concerts. There's not just fires- it's accidents, lift assists, all sorts of things. No way.
HJ December 16, 2013 at 08:15 AM
How many fires are at the Comcast Center?
Tina Mqs December 16, 2013 at 08:36 AM
I was thinking more the short truck, not the ladder truck. Anyways, yes i noticed how this isn't supposed to hit up cost-wise for another few yrs, if it's needed. It's supposed to be evaluated yearly. The truth is that this town is spreading, and with more condos going up it's higher density, and there'll be likely more to come. We shouldn't be waiting for a disaster. Also- I'm still trying to figure out what they mean when they say during mutual assists, the "tower" is unmanned (or something like that). Who else heard that and what are they referring to?

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