Table of organization for consolidating fire departments
The state study did not consider a possible dissolution of Hamilton Township Fire District 1, which services a small part of a sparsely populated part of southernmost Hamilton and part of Chesterfield Township in Burlington County.
Each of those nine districts is governed by five elected commissioners, and all 45 of those commissioners collect taxpayer-funded salaries.The study provides a viable table of organization and a recognized chain‐of‐command for a consolidated fire service and assumes that the newly formed district would hire current employees of the various dissolved districts at their current pay rate.The possible organization considered by the state would see firefighters working 56-hour work weeks — something that Hamilton’s FMBA union leadership opposes.2 celebration for the new Pearland Fire and EMS administration building.less Jason Strelow, driver/operator of Pearland's newest ladder truck, showcases some of the truck's features during a Nov.Councilman Dennis Pone said he was “really bothered” by the 911 system, saying it “seemed inefficient” how cellphone calls go through additional processing steps when dialing 911 compared with a landline phone call.
“I agree with you, the 911 system is a problem,” Antozzeski said, adding the emergency communications system is “beyond our purview.” Hamilton resident and former councilman Vinnie Capodanno at Wednesday’s meeting asked the chief if the township would save money by consolidating the fire service into a single district.
Under the consolidation scenario envisioned by the state, the township would save $407,345 in fire district commissioner salaries and wages, overtime costs would be reduced by $980,560, fringe benefits would be reduced by $653,440, and operation and maintenance costs would be reduced by $716,760.
Hamilton Township’s two FMBA firefighter unions spent part of 2015 and most of 2016 collecting petition signatures from voters across the township to legally empower Hamilton Council to consider a possible consolidation of Hamilton’s fire service.
“There would be areas we would save money and other areas where we would have to spend money,” Antozzeski said.
Hamilton Council previously held a public information meeting on Nov.
Hamilton Council on Wednesday held a special meeting at the township’s library to gain additional input from the public on how to approach a possible consolidation of the way fire service is delivered in this 40-square-mile township. Fire District 9 Chief Mark Antozzeski conducted a presentation at the meeting on behalf of the Hamilton Township Active Fire Chief’s Association.