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Ridgefield Mulls Costs Of Adding More Firefighters

Ridgefield Fire Chief Kevin Tappe is asking the city to increase the number of firefighters per shift from six to eight to provide better service and meet federal requirements.
Ridgefield Fire Chief Kevin Tappe is asking the city to increase the number of firefighters per shift from six to eight to provide better service and meet federal requirements. Photo Credit: File

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield officials are weighing the decision between having more firefighters on duty or saving money, according to the Ridgefield Press.

Fire Chief Kevin Tappe has proposed to increase the number of firefighters on duty during each shift from six to eight in an effort to meet the regulations required by the federal Occupational Health and Sasfety Administration, at a cost of roughly $260,000, said the Ridefield Press.

Tappe said the town substantially could improve ambulance and fire service through this change, said the Ridefield Press. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said the change would have to be negotiated in the department's contract instead of mandated by the city, added the Ridegfield Press.

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