ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- St. Albans city council members said Monday night that firefighters could retire without completely terminating their employment for up to five years.
Mayor Dick Callaway said council members decided to offer a deferred retirement public pension plan for firefighters. Firefighters would be able to retire, collect a pension and still work as needed on the side, he said. Any additional time spent working would go toward a new pension benefit fund, which they could collect within five years.
"What this does for this city is that we are keeping professional firemen for longer periods of time," Callaway said. "This saves the city money ... because we don't have to spend money on training."
Firefighters in the program would also pay a portion of his or her salary to the general pension fund.
"This will allow that fund to be strengthened," he said.