Wednesday, March 7, 2018



Kingston firefighters win new contract

KINGSTON – The Kingston Common Council approved a new three-year contract with its firefighters.

At the Tuesday evening common council meeting, Mayor Steven Noble said the new pact, subsidized by a $690,390 grant from the Department of Homeland Security, will allow for an addition of four new full-time firefighters, bringing the total to 52.

“Those are going to allow us to help bring our staffing up to the level that we can reduce overtime costs,” said Noble. “The nice thing about the grant is that, the money saved by having the new employees is pretty substantial, in terms of the cost of having people come in extra when someone is out sick, or when someone is hurt on the job; those types of things.”  

The four new firefighters will be added to the full-time roster once they complete training school.

According to Noble, the city has avoided the funding crises faced by other local municipalities with the grant and smart budgeting, maintaining that this new contract has solidified desired staffing levels for, at least, the next three years.

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