April 30, 2014
Firefighters in Owego will not be leaving their posts. They had threatened to quit if the village board of trustees didn’t approve new fire safety regulations.
At their meeting last night, the board agreed to move up a vote on the regulations from June to May.
Assistant Fire Chief Mark Warfle says that’s good enough to keep firefighters on the job.
“And what I heard them saying was this is important. This is good," says Warfle. "We need to be responsible. We need to act on this sooner then the date we previously set. So their willingness to make a change, that gives me some confidence.”
After an Owego firefighter died in a fire last year, the state cited the department for lax safety standards. The board only agreed to vote on the half of the new operations manual dealing with safety in May. The other half deals with administrative policies and remains disputed.