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Fire Chief Contract Approved Through FY26 Chief to receive 2.5 percent increase each year

By Theresa Knapp

The Board of Selectmen has approved the contract of Fire Chief Thomas Daige through fiscal year 2026.

Selectmen Louis Arcudi, III helped negotiate the contract which he called “straightforward.” He said this contract had been negotiated last year but the Fire Chief (as well as the Police Chief)  had decided not to take their raises last year considering the town’s fiscal climate.
Arcudi said, “This is nothing more than taking Chief Daige’s contract and just basically putting what we were going to do last year, in place. This is just now going to have his contract that was negotiated in good faith last year, finally approved.
Chairman Board of Selectmen Brian Keyes said “we did a ton of due diligence” on this contract and called both the Fire Chief and the Police Chief “best in class talent.”
Fire Chief contract details include, in part:

• Effective July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2026
• 40 hours, Monday through Friday
• Full-time benefits
• 30 vacation days per year (cannot roll over)
• An annual paramedic stipend (ranging from $7,000 to $8,500 per year)
• An annual Emergency Manager stipend ($5,000 per year)
• Shall be entitled to detail work as long as all call firefighters have refused said detail
• Vehicle allowance
• Education reimbursement
• Indemnification
• Fire Chief reports to the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen through the Town Coordinator for the day-to-day operation of the Fire Department.

The Fire Chief’s salary for FY22 will be $89,935.45 with a 2.5 percent cost-of-living increase each year until FY26 when he reaches a salary of $99,372.81.