TRENTON – Legislation designed to help laid off firefighters is advancing in the Senate.
The bill (A-2031) would permit municipal fire departments to hire a laid off firefighter without utilizing a Civil Service list provided, in part, that the termination occurred within 60 months before appointment with the new fire department.
Under current law, a firefighter who was laid off for reasons of the economy may be appointed to a new position with another municipality within 36 months of the termination without utilizing any Civil Service lists.
This bill extends that time period to 60 months to be consistent with the current reemployment policy for laid off police officers.
The bill was approved 76-0 by the Assembly in February and was recently advanced by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
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