Brigantine hired two new, full-time firefighters recently. They were sworn in at Wednesday’s council meeting. The Brigantine Fire department now consist of 30, full time employees. The Mayor wants more full-timers. The council majority wants a mix of full & part-timers. Indeed, Mayor Guenther is standing firm on his promise, no matter what the cost, to support hiring more full time firefighters even if taxpayers had to carry that burden.
Mayor said the part-time firefighter experiment has not worked. Other council members disagree.
Other members reminded the Mayor that a qualified part time firefighter can accomplish the same thing without such a taxpayer burden.