Public Safety Committee

by Kelly Mills on May 13, 2010 at 5:20 am

The Zanesville Fire Department’s Assistant Chiefs and Lieutenants are forming a union.

At Thursday’s  Public Safety Committee meeting Lt. Jeff Jadwin said the paperwork will be filed Tuesday, for the 12 firefighters to form a union. If they get the approval from the local firefighter’s union they will join the International Association of Firefighters. If not, they will form their own union.

"Because of ongoing situations with money and benefits and days off and such, we’ve just got to have some representation. Right now we’re unaffiliated, so the only recourse we have is civil service and there’s been some issues that civil service won’t address for us," said Jadwin.

Also, at the meeting officials discussed the federal requirement that public safety communication radios must be switched to narrowbanding by 2013. This will require new or updated radio systems for most city departments, so they are beginning to look for grants.

"It’s virtually affecting anyone with radio equipment in the United States. A lot of the older equipment is not capable of changing to these new bands, so therefore new equipment will have to be purchased," said Dave Lacy, Zanesville Fire Chief.

Chief Lacy said the Fire Department is doing well with their budget this year, overtime spending is down around $22,000.