City won't hire firefighters, to cross train public works employees instead
To boost its daytime paid-on call staff, the city plans to train its public works personnel to fight fire
By Norb Franz
The Daily Tribune
CENTER LINE, Mich. — The city of Center Line will soon boost its firefighting manpower — without hiring more firefighters.
A new agreement between the city and one of its labor unions allows Department of Public Works employees to be cross-trained as firefighters. Those workers will be counted on to serve as “on-call” firefighters complementing the Public Safety Department.
The city has used paid, on-call firefighters for years. However, several of the 15 individuals currently in that role are unable to respond to general alarms during daytime hours because of their regular jobs.