Since 2008, she said, the town has most likely spent more than $1 million on overtime costs for the fire department.
“Something is broken over there,” Caron said. “It has to be fixed.”
She urged councilors to consider going back to a 48-hour work week.
Town Council Chairman John Farrell said the group is open to all ideas about what to do.
“This council is completely open to all discussions,” he said.
Smith said he would look at the numbers by the end of March and into April to see where the town is with its spending.
“Right now, I feel this is the prudent thing to do going forward,” he said.
He said the community would remain safe and the best services possible would still be available to residents during the spending freeze.