Legislature Approves Bill To Help Laid-Off Firefighters

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TRENTON – Legislation intended to help laid off firefighters has received final legislative approval.

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.

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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 40-0 by the Senate on Thursday. It now goes to the governor.


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