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SCOTIA: Village stalls on hiring

Kastberg has expressed his concerns over the indecisiveness of the board. Kastberg said the board wants to work through the issues with the fire department but fails to take actions.

"We discussed the concerns in the department; we have made a commitment to better ensure the safety of firefighters and of village residents," said Kastberg.

The question remains of how to staff shifts, how many professional firefighters per shift and how many volunteers per shift. Right now, the village is in the process of hiring one professional firefighter. The two additional employees would then bring department to a 12-person model. The board is working with the firefighters union, which is strongly in favor of the 12-person model. Fire Chief Richard Kasko said the union believes hiring the additional two firefighters better is a matter of safety and protection.

"We need to make sure our people are safe and that they have proper backup when they approach a fire," said Kasko.

Benny said the board is under no deadline to pass a resolution. He said the board is now waiting to meet with the village labor attorney, Brian Goldberger, in an effort to move forward.""

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