Pembroke: Advisory Committee to say no to more firefighters

Last year the Pembroke Fire Department responded to three call at the same time. Then the fourth came in. Firefighters rushed to the fire, but not in time to save a shed. That’s prompted a move to add firefighters to the department. Fire Chief James Neenan has requested Town Meeting hire an additional four, eight or twelve firefighters.

Neenan estimates the cost of salaries for the additional firefighters at a quarter million dollars for four, three times that for twelve. That does not include the cost of benefits or the cost of re-opening and maintaining one of the town’s unused fire stations. Should Town Meeting approve the request, the town would schedule a special election for an override. The Pembroke Advisory Committee will recommend Town Meeting not fund the request.

“The recommendation of the Advisory Committee is going to be unfavorable,” Advisory Committee Chairman Matt McNeilly said. It simply comes down to the cost involved in the additional officers cannot be afforded in the town’s budget.”

Most of the 35 warrant articles concern routine housekeeping. Pembroke Town Meeting convenes April 24th.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.