Down six firefighters, Watertown Chief Dale Herman is looking for the city to add to his staff.
According to Chief Herman, due to retirements and health issues, the fire department has been running thin. He reportedly says the deparment is 18 members lighter than it was five years ago. And that has required firefighters to work an average of over five hours of overtime per week.
The Chief, according to 7 News, is recommending the city apply for a "SAFER" grant, which would help cover pay for the addition of several new firefighters.
However, with officials and the fire union locked in a bitter contract battle nearly four years old, lawmakers might be hesitant to actually go for the grant.
Despite that, Councilwoman Lisa Ruggiero told 7 she will encourage other council members to apply when enrollment for the grant opens this spring.