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Owego Firefighters Threaten Mass Resignation

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Owego firefighters are threatening to walk off the job due to lack of action by the Village on a new Standard Operating Procedures manual developed to improve safety.

Assistant Chief Mark Warfle issued a statement saying the active firefighters have been working since the death of Firefighter Matthew Pocari to have better safety standards and more comprehensive training.

Some active firefighters said they planed to resign April 29  if the board doesn’t act on the new safety standards.

Owego Mayor Kevin Millar says the board plans to review the updated manual this week.

A review of the Owego Fire Department’s procedures following Pocari’s death resulted in the Public Employee and Health Bureau issuing six citations.

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