Suspensions have sparked some heated conflict at fire department in Howell

Two members of the Freewood Acres Fire Company in Howell say they were suspended without pay for reporting unsafe conditions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Scott Alvarez and Pete Sykes are accusing the local commissioners of suspending them in retaliation for calling in OSHA. Alvarez says he was suspended for wearing a polyester shirt that was provided by the fire commissioners. A state law mandates the uniforms have to be made out of non-meltable materials, such as No-Mex or cotton, and provided free of charge.

The union president says if Alvarez and Sykes do not get reinstated with back pay, he is going to call for the commissioners resignations. He also says he will turn the case over to the Monmouth County prosecutor.

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