AFD @ Orchard Valley fire last month
Town Manger John Musante told the Amherst Select Board he has come to terms with the Amherst Fire Department on a new three year contract. The good news for all concerned is that for the first time in over 20 years, minimum staffing level would move up a notch ... to eight on duty.
But only when our three institutes of higher education are in session. Still, an improvement.
In the early 1970s the department had a minimum staffing level of seven. In 1976 it dropped to six and would not return to seven until 1992, where it has remained ever since. Last year the department handled 5,490 emergency calls.
Musante was short on details since nothing has been signed, but he did indicate the union would be receiving a raise (probably 2%) and that a town approved drug and alcohol policy would be enforced. Local 1764 will vote on the contract sometime before the New Year.