New Jersey: City sends plan to state to avert most Camden fire department layoffs

  • Source: Courier Post (Camden South Jersey)
  • Published: 02/11/2020 12:00 AM

Camden city officials, union officials and its fire department will send a set of proposals to the state Civil Service Commission that they hope will, once approved, avert the need to lay off any front-line firefighters. In a letter obtained by the Courier-Post, Mayor Frank Moran wrote to Deirdre Webster Cobb, chair and CEO of the Civil Service Commission, about the loss of a $2.4 million Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant that in 2017 enabled the hiring of 27 firefighters by the Camden Fire Department. In the letter, which was sent via email Monday night and was to be hand-delivered to Trenton Tuesday morning, Moran outlines a plan to save $2,439,000 through a number of measures, including what he and union officials characterized as a "restructuring" of the department's leadership.


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