Massachusetts fire union criticizes mayor for eliminating engine during pandemic

  • Source: New Bedford Standard-Times
  • Published: 03/24/2020 12:00 AM

After weeks of protests and motions from City Council trying to prevent it, Engine 11 in the South End has been decommissioned. New Bedford Firefighters Local 841 sent out a statement about the closure on Sunday, highlighting the fact that the closure happened during a pandemic. The statement said the closure adds to response times and reduces the level of preparedness that the city needs amid the current time of uncertainty. “There is no other community in the commonwealth that is diminishing their response capabilities amongst this national pandemic,” the statement said. The statement also said that Mayor Jon Mitchell decided to reduce the number of first responders and apparatus available “during a time of need.” When Fire Chief Paul Coderre announced the decommissioning of Engine 11 he said no layoffs would result from it, which Mitchell reaffirmed when reached for comment.


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