Thursday night firefighters in Central Coventry made a last ditch effort to keep the fire station open. The union had agreed to eliminate 5 firefighter positions, give up pay raises, and accept a higher cost medical plan. That would have saved the Central Coventry Fire District as much as $1.1 million dollars.
The board rejected the offer, and voted unanimously to liquidate the fire department. The move comes ahead of a special meeting next week where the public will decide on the district board's recommendation to dissolve the department.
"This is a decision we all made and it was very difficult," said Fred Gralinski of the Fire District board. "None of us came in planning on having to do this."
"Obviously if you take out the busiest fire district in the town of Coventry you eliminate 50 firefighters, close a station down, you have a gaping hole cut through the center of town," said Capt. David Gorman, President of the firefighters union.
The district has been in receivership, a form of bankruptcy, since October of last year.
The special meeting to determine the future of the district will happen Monday at 7–o'clock.