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October 25, 2013

Council OKs hiring of firefighters

NEW CASTLE — Six part-time firefighters have been added to the New Castle fire department.

City council approved the hiring of the “casual” firefighters last night.

They are Marco Bulisco, Justin Data, Shane Ott, Joshua Riley, Brandon Rishel and Keith Upperman.

Each will be paid $12 per hour and will be scheduled for a maximum of 28 hours a week. They will not receive benefits nor be covered by the city’s collective bargaining agreement.

The six hirees essentially fill vacant positions created by the retirement of three full-time firefighters on Sept. 1. The department currently has 22 full-time firefighters.

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