Fire station brown out raises safety concerns
Union says town administrators ignored requests to fill vacant firefighter positions
By Stephen Walsh
DEDHAM, Mass. — Since Monday, Dedham Engine 4 has been taken out of service due to lack of funding which has caused firefighters and citizens to cry foul and demand the Town Administrator to take corrective action to keep the vital piece of equipment in service at all times.
In a statement made by Dedham Firefighters Local 1735 President Stephen MacDougall, the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator have ignored requests to fill vacancies created by retirements with full time new recruits opting to staff them with overtime.
MacDougall explains that due to the usual number of injuries that occur with the hazards of firefighting combined with the number of vacancies within the ranks have caused overtime expenses to skyrocket and depleting the budget to cover the manpower.