Middletown Town Council President Calls For Firefighter Union's Ouster

(Middletown, RI)--Middletown Town Council President Robert Sylvia is calling for town firefighters to remove their union president.This comes while there is public scrutiny of the Middletown Fire Department's staffing levels for its response to a New Year's Eve fire, and the town is in the middle of arbitration hearings with the union.Sylvia, in a statement to the Newport Daily News, accuses John Jordan, who was off-duty from his firefighter position, of responding to the scene of the fire on Woolsey Road not to help suppress the fire, but to apparently hold a press conference, and that Jordan took advantage of a close tragedy.Jordan disputed that allegation to the Daily News and said his firefighters are behind him.

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