Fire arbitration hears local police concern

by Vance Gutzman

Problems plaguing Deep River’s fire service are spilling over onto the municipality’s police service, and the officers involved aren’t at all happy about the situation.

That was the message that came out of arbitration hearings held last week between the Deep River Professional Fire Fighters Association (DRPFFA) and the town.

The hearings continued the process that started earlier this fall, dealing with a list of grievances filed by the DRPFFA against the municipality.

Included in the list of grievances were “failure to maintain (the) existing complement of nine firefighters” following several recent retirements, the “termination” of three probationary firefighters, and the “alteration” of Deep River firefighters’ hours of work from 24-hour coverage to day shifts.

Last week’s arbitration hearings were held over two days (Thursday and Friday), over the course of which time three witnesses were summoned by the DRPFFA’S legal counsel, Mark Wright, for testimony.

Two of those witnesses, on Thursday, were Deep River police officers.

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