Vote consolidates Stamford Fire Department, Turn of River into one organization
STAMFORD - An agreement signed today finally unites firefighting organizations in Stamford, ending a long-standing legal battle between the city and Turn of River.
Mayor David Martin, Stamford Fire Chief Peter Brown, Turn of River Chief Frank Jacobellis and the department's assistant chief signed the agreement this morning after Turn of River firefighters voted unanimously in support of the measure last night. Jacobellis says joining the Stamford Fire Department means its station will be staffed 24-7, something that's been a concern of his in the past.
Under the plan, Turn of River will keep its chief and rank-and-file but will work with Stamford firefighters on calls both in and outside of their previous coverage area. Residents say the decision is what they wanted in 2012 when they voted 2-1 for a city charter revision in support of the consolidation.
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The agreement doesn't mean the overall consolidation is a done deal, however. Two other volunteer fire departments, Springdale and Longridge, still have lawsuits pending.
The city's fire union blasted the agreement, saying it doesn't address real concerns regarding a lack of fire protection in the city.