CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - This week the Chambersburg council reached a labor agreement with the International Association of Firefighters local chapter 1813.
The agreement fixes the wages and benefits between the borough and the professional firefighters employed by the town from 2017 to 2021. The agreement is retroactive to January of 2017 and consists of a new work schedule for the firefighters in Chambersburg. This change will increase the number of captains and firefighters. The work schedule will change from 24 hour work shifts to 12 hour work shifts beginning in 2018.
“They know what their increase is going to be, everything is set now in what we're going to do for the next five years and it's good for the borough too because it helps us with our budgeting side of it, to know what it's going to cost us for the next five years,” said Allen Coffman, the borough council president.
Borough officials say they are still not sure if the changes will bring tax increases in the city.