OAKDALE — Dozens of firefighters’ jobs at the moment are on the line after the town of Oakdale and the Stanislaus Consolidated Hearth Safety District determined to half ways.
Oakdale is now up towards the clock as its five-yr contract with the hearth division will end June 30.
“Metropolis council, at its last meeting, determined to let them know formally that we might be shifting in a unique path,” stated Oakdale Metropolis Manager Bryan Whitemyer.
Whitemyer stated the “breakup” came after months of negotiations.
“Because of the size of time it took us to get so far and the closeness of the expiration date, we didn’t need to be pigeonholed into a nasty arrangement,” he advised FOX40.
Whitemyer defined that one of many issues is value. The town needed to rent more firefighters but he stated the two businesses could not come to an settlement.
“The prices of those firefighters can be so high that we couldn’t afford to add them,” Whitemyer stated.
Now, Battalion Chief Buck Condit says dozens of fireside staff’ jobs are on the line.
“Properly, we’re gonna lose some personnel undoubtedly because we provide the personnel to these stations,” Condit stated.
Nevertheless, Whitemyer stated the town intends to keep the hearth stations absolutely staffed.
“We might hire Stanislaus Consolidated Hearth Safety District firemen or firefighters so that they might be capable of fill those slots here in Oakdale,” he defined.
Whitemyer added the town’s objective is that households will stay protected, explaining metropolis leaders might select to work with one other neighboring agency reminiscent of Oakdale, Modesto or Ceres.
If that doesn’t work out, they have a plan B.
“If we needed to, we might type our own department,” Whitemyer stated. “It’s not our most popular choice.”
The battalion chief also stated they are going to be working with the union to make sure firefighters will nonetheless have a job in two months.