Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of section thirty-three of the General Laws or the first sentence of section thirty-nine of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws or of any other general or special law or rule to the contrary, if permanent employees of the fire force of the city of Springfield serving in any position in a title above the lowest title on such force are to be separated from such positions because of lack of money or the abolition of such positions, they shall be separated from such positions according to their seniority in such title after permanent promotion in such force and shall be reinstated to such positions held by them according to such seniority; provided, however, that this section shall apply only to reductions in force resulting in demotions from titles above the lowest title on such force and shall not affect the seniority of any employee in service for any other purpose, including but not limited to, the separation of permanent employees from service on such force.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.