Mo. city firefighters become ‘contractors’ after dept. shuts down
Fayette city council approved an ordinance that dissolved the fire department and allows the city to hire its former firefighters as “independent contractors”
By FireRescue1 Staff
FAYETTE, Mo. — A controversial ordinance was passed by city council to shut down the fire department and hire its former firefighters as “independent contractors.”
Fire Chief Chris Baylor said the city made the decision to dissolve the fire department without contacting him, or the Howard County Fire Protection District Board, according to ABC17 News.
"As such they have canceled the workman’s compensation insurance as well as all other types of insurance, including liability, formerly provided to the city firefighters," Chief Baylor said. "As of 9 p.m. on Thursday evening, the Fayette Fire Department has suspended the fire and rescue services for the City of Fayette. We apologize for the risk that this imposes on the citizens of Fayette."