No Minimum Manning Clause for JC Fire Department

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 28, 2010 at 7:18 PM EDT

The New York State Supreme Court stands by the Village of Johnson City's decision to end a minimum manning clause for its Fire Department.

Mayor Dennis Hannon says over the years the fire department was allowed to maintain a certain amount of staff per shift.

But he says that was never mandated.

Last June, the department filed a grievance against the village when Hannon eliminated a 7 person per shift clause.

Justice Ferris Lebous says the village has the right to discontinue past practices.

Hannon says cutting back on staff saved the village overtime costs and taxpayers money.

"Now we feel we can work with 4 or so firefighters per shift and still provide a good response and protection for the residents" said Hannon.

Hannon says the reduced number of firefighters saves the village thousands of dollars per month.

Any additional staff cuts to the department will be decided by the board when it begins working on the village's 2010-2011 budget.

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