The head of the Altoona Firefighters Union expressed concern to city council Wednesday night over their commitment to a grant that would add three firefighters to the department’s roster.
Bryson Peterman also accused Chief Tim Hileman of violating unfair labor practices for discussing contract negotiation matters. Officials say the negotiations have now gone to arbitration. Hileman tells WRTA News the FEMA SAFER grant, which would add the firefighters to the force, has to comply with both FEMA regulations and the city’s ACT 47 recovery plan. Hileman says that’s been the hold-up.
"This process takes a while to complete," Hileman said. "There are some restrictions that we have to address before we accept the plan...we can't jump right into it."
Peterman says adding the firefighters would allow the city to increase staffing at two stations. Hileman says the firefighters would be used to help reduce the department’s overtime budget.
Monday March 10th
Dr. Gabe Mirkin
Dr. Gabe Mirkin on Fitness & Health Facebook page
Dr. Mirkin on Twitter
Tuesday March 11th
Wednesday March 12th
Master Gardener Tom Ford
Leather Lounge Chair
love seat-type, made for 2,
has two seperate sections,
white, 2 years old, from a non-pet,
non-smoking home - $200
Sara, Altoona 381-8008
Nintendo Wii U
new in box, latest edition - $275
Wednesday March 5th
Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission
Fundraising Talent Bank
Deadline for applications March 10th
Alto Model Train Museum Association Scalefest
Sunday March 9th 9am to 2pm