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(The Day)   "The Bank Street [Fire Department] headquarters did not meet fire safety codes, was not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and had no fire alarm, sprinkler or fire suppression systems"   (theday.com ) divider line
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2014-01-26 08:19:49 PM  

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: The city had to spend all the money on those juicy firefighter pensions.


Fun fact: New London fire fighters do not have a pension, and haven't for 20 years. They have a 401(a) account. The city contributes 9.5% of their base pay to the account. Since fire fighters are ineligible for Social Security, the city is not paying the normal employer 6.2% of gross to SSA. So the city is making out better on the New London firefighters' retirement benefits than a business that has to pay Social Security and has a 4% 401(k) match.

And in actual practice, that setup costs the city more in other expenses. NL firemen stay on the job to a much older age, increasing workers' comp premiums. When those older-than-average firemen get hurt and have to leave on disability, the city is on the hook for disability payments and healthcare, instead of being able to pass the responsibility on to a pension fund. Those guys become line-items in the city budget until they die. A 40+ year career is common there, meaning savings from turnover - having new guys at a lower pay grade with fewer dependents - are not realized. These costs are significant, and actually has the city entertaining the notion of putting those guys back in a real pension. The upfront costs are a bit higher, but the hidden costs are starting to cost the city big.
 
2014-01-26 09:55:59 PM  
This is the same town where there is an office boarded up with plywood to keep the mold inside from spreading. In the town hall.
 
2014-01-27 10:49:32 AM  
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2014-01-27 06:36:41 PM  
ada compliant and all the firefighter are in wheelchairs
they show up at your house fire and are stuck at the curb...


/its much funnier in my head.
 
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