Owego firefighters threaten to quit

By Erika Mahoney

April 26, 2014 Updated Apr 26, 2014 at 10:43 PM EST

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The first assistant chief of the Owego Fire Department contacted Action News Saturday night saying active firefighters may resign en-mass Tuesday.

First Assistant Fire Chief Mark Warfle said over the phone the issue culminates around the village board's lack of desire to better safety codes.

Following the death of Owego Firefighter Matt Porcari, Warfle and several others began reviewing the station's operating procedures.

During that time, the Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau, or PESH, gave the station six citations.

The Owego department created a new operations manual and recently presented it during a special meeting with the village board of trustees.

According to Warfle, the mayor was the only one who had interest in implementing it.

Warfle said several social members were against it.

Come Tuesday, if the village board doesn't adopt the new manual, Warfle says many firefighters will quit.

Mayor Kevin Millar said the board is planning to review and revisit the updated manual on Tuesday.

Keep checking Action News as more information on the story develops.

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