WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) -- Union officials are questioning a proposal by Woonsocket city leaders that would bar firefighters from having second jobs.
City leaders are concerned that recent layoffs in the fire department will put additional strain on firefighters who could face forced overtime.
City attorney Chris Lambert tells The Call of Woonsocket that moonlighting firefighters risk additional on-the-job fatigue and stress. The new rule, if approved, would take effect in April.
Firefighters union President Lt. Steve Reilly questioned whether the city has the legal authority to prohibit firefighters from moonlighting, or how the restrictions could be realistically enforced.
The city may also eliminate the policy of sending engines on rescue runs.
Information from: The Call, http://www.woonsocketcall.com
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