PORT CHESTER, N. Y. -- Port Chester village officials say they plan to meet with state officials to resolve five fire service violations issued by the state after a March fire on Cottage Place left two volunteer firefighters with injuries, according to a lohud.com report.
It is the latest in a squabble over professional firefighters versus volunteer firefighters in Port Chester that has intensified following the village's decision to eliminate the paid force in favor of a volunteer department, according to lohud.com.
The report, issued by the state Department of Labor's Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau, cited several issues, such as firefighters not using the proper gear or having the proper training, lohud.com says.
An attorney representing the eight professional firefighters laid off after the March fire says the problems show how dangerous it is to rely on volunteer firefighters. Professional firefighters say they were fired in retaliation to their complaint about the volunteers' handling of the Cottage Place fire, lohud.com reports.
Mayor Dennis Pilla said he believes the village can resolve the violations cited by the state, lohud.com reports.