North Whatcom board of fire commissioners will discuss increased overtime costs

Published on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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North Whatcom Fire and Rescue officials will present an update on the fire district's recent increase in overtime pay outs at the district's board of fire commissioners meeting tomorrow, August 18.

Chief Tom Fields and assistant fire chief John Swobody will present a breakdown of all the reasons firefighters have taken overtime pay since January. Fields, Swobody and the board expressed concern at last month's meeting that the district had paid out approximately $42,000 from the overtime budget from January to June. The commissioners have brought this issue up at the last two board meetings.

All the commissioners wanted to be clear that they weren't accusing any firefighters of abusing the way overtime is paid out.

Click here to see tomorrow's meeting agenda. Click here to read my last story on this issue. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 18, at the Blaine fire station, 9408 Odell Road.


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