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Pembroke Pines Promises Not To Rehire Firefighters With Pensions

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PEMBROKE PINES (CBSMiami) – No more double dipping for firefighters in Pembroke Pines.

The city has promised its fire union that they would no longer hire retired firefighters who are getting a pension, according to The Sun-Sentinel.

Pembroke Pines Professional Firefighters union said rehiring retired firefighters with pensions prevents younger employees from moving up in the ranks.

The city is trying to get the fire union to agree to a new law that codifies the already-existing rehire practice in the fire and police departments, according to the paper.

An attorney for the city’s Pension Board said by rehiring retired firefighters the city was violating national tax codes for pension funds.

The police department, however, supports rehiring retirees who often serve as school resource officers. According to them it saves the city two and half million dollars a year and keeps veterans on the force.

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