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Jackson firefighters organize labor union

Full-time firefighters in Jackson have organized a new labor union.

Local 5067, or Jackson Hole Professional Firefighters, became an official charter of the International Association of Firefighters in August.

Union President John Tobey said firefighters were committed to the community and look forward to a continued, positive working relationship with Teton County. “As a group we are particularly interested in ensuring responder and public safety,” said Tobey.

Those included under the new organization are the full-time emergency service personnel employed by Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and Teton County. They are cross-trained firefighter EMT’s and paramedics.

Career firefighters work a 48-hour rotating shift and staff the downtown Jackson and Highway 390, Teton Pines fire stations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief Willy Watsabaugh said, “we as a department are committed to serving our community and the mission of Jackson Hole Fire/EMS in providing the highest level of emergency service in all hazards, as a combination volunteer and career Fire/EMS service.”

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