York fire deal would allow new hires, save money

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York firefighters are working long shifts and putting in a lot of overtime while people are waiting in line to get a job at the department.

A vote at Tuesday’s city council meeting could finally change that. Officials have a plan to bring in hires while saving the city money.

A new proposed contract with the fire department would lower starting salaries of new hires and take away health benefits after they retire.

“By saving that money, we’re able to bring more firefighters on, taking the pressure off all the other firefighters who are being worked to the max,” York Mayor Michael Helfrich said.

The city would save over $200,000 in just half a year. Over 17 years, it would save close to $12 million.

The fire department is looking to hire at least seven new members by mid-2019. They say it’s a competitive process and they won’t have any trouble filling the positions.

“I know we had some people on this list from the Vegas area,” Deputy Fire Chief Chad Deardorff said. “It’s not just our department, it’s career departments across the county that are seeing people coming from all across the county to test.”

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