Contract in place for fire and rescue services in Morris
Morris Fire Company firefighters participate in a recent training drill at the firehouse. JoAnn Jaacks photo
The newly-formed Morris Fire Company has entered into a groundbreaking fire protection and rescue services contract with the town.
First Selectman Thomas Weik, Morris Fire Company President Michael Lauretano and Fire Chief Robert Ebner on Sept. 14 signed the contract that will last through June 30, 2023.
“I worked with President Michael Lauretano and Fire Chief Robert Ebner on the document for several months to ensure that they produced an agreement that was fair for the fire company and for the citizens of Morris,” Weik said. “We are all confident that goal was achieved.”
It is the first contract of its kind in Morris, which until June 30 received fire protection and rescue services from the Morris Volunteer Fire Department. The MVFD dissolved on June 30 and was succeeded by the Morris Fire Company on July 1.
The contract outlines the legal authority of the Morris Fire Company, budgeting and appropriations, purchasing policy, fundraising, tax abatements and pension benefits for firefighters, vehicle maintenance, use of the firehouse, and insurance.
On July 1, 2023, the contract will automatically renew for another five years unless the town or the Morris Fire Company elects to terminate the agreement in writing at least six months before the end of the term.
Two of the terms included in the agreement are that the Morris Fire Company will provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provide National Fire Incident Reporting System reports to the town upon request for each call.