The battle between Watertown City Council and the fire department rages on this morning.
According to documents obtained by news director Matt McClusky, city officials have told Chief Dale Herman that starting Sunday he is no longer allowed to call for backup if three or fewer firefighters call in sick. If more than three members are out during a call, Chief Herman then has permission to call in one off-duty firefighter to get the total staff number to 13.
The city is making the decision to break the contract as an effort to curtail overtime hours, which officials have claimed are costing the taxpayers money.
To make due with the change, the city's Heavy Rescue truck will likely be taken out of use for the time being.
McClusky learned this move was made in executive session during a meeting this week.
The city is in violation of the current contract by allowing for less than 15 firefighters to be on duty for calls.