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-nine of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws or any other general or special law or regulation to the contrary, demotions due to reduction in force in the fire department in the city of New Bedford, in all ranks above the rank of full-time, permanent firefighter of such service, and any subsequent reinstatements, shall be based solely on seniority in rank after permanent promotion.
In determination of seniority in rank higher than the rank of permanent full-time firefighter of such service, the time in rank of any employee shall be the accumulated permanent time in any rank above the said rank of permanent full-time firefighter (date of rank).
SECTION 2. This act shall only apply to demotions in higher ranks and shall not effect the overall seniority of any employee within the service.