- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) - The Coventry Fire District board and the firefighter’s union have reached an agreement.

WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1NqFtya ) a new three-year-contract for both parties was signed at a meeting Tuesday night. The contract will keep the fire district open while continuing to curb expenses.

Officials have said nine full-time firefighters will remain on staff. Union President Dave Gorman says personnel were reduced from four men on duty 24/7 down to two.

The contract adjusts health insurance deductibles, implements a Health Savings Account and eliminates vacation carry-over. Palin said it also reduces total personnel costs by $900,000.

The board and the union hope taxpayers will agree to the next budget to fund the agreement. A meeting is scheduled for Dec. 8.


Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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