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UPPER FREEHOLD – Three new per diem firefighters have been hired by the Township Committee in Upper Freehold Township to work for the Hope Fire Company.

During a recent Township Committee meeting, members of the governing body hired Kevin Hrudowsky, Patrick Donoher and Salem Bahr as on-call, per diem firefighters. Each firefighter will receive a per diem salary based on a rate of $16 per hour, according to a resolution.

The Hope Fire Company serves Upper Freehold and Allentown.

Municipal officials said per diem firefighters are needed to fill in for department personnel during vacation days and sick days, and under other circumstances that may arise that would prevent department personnel from fulfilling their duties.

The committee’s action followed the resignation of Hrudowsky as a firefighter/driver. His final day of work in that position was March 31. He was hired as a full-time firefighter/driver in late 2017. Hrudowsky will remain with the Hope Fire Company as a per diem employee.

In other business, the committee members acknowledged the resignation of David Moorhouse, a Department of Public Works equipment operator. Moorhouse was hired in January 2013. His final day in Upper Freehold was March 19.

And, the committee members changed the start date for Hailey Dries, who has been hired as a clerical assistant in the Construction Department, from April 1 to an unspecified date in the future.

According to a resolution, Dries’ start date was changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The resolution states that municipal officials believe it is necessary to push her start date to a time when Gov. Phil Murphy issues guidance that employees may return to work with no restrictions.

The position in the Construction Department has a probationary period for a minimum of four months and an annual salary of $27,000, according to the resolution.

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