Salinas Firefighters Struggle With Staffing, Serve City Binding Arbitration Notice

SALINAS, CA — Salinas firefighters, frustrated with pay and overtime shifts, have served the city a binding arbitration notice in hopes of reaching an agreement in contract negotiations. The department has been plagued by overtime with firefighters working 2,082 shifts of overtime in 2017, said Josh Hostetter, president of the Salinas Firefighters Association. These shifts […]

Norwell Fire Department Overtime Nearly Doubles

NORWELL, MA — Taxpayers paid $800,000 in overtime to town employees last year, mostly because of staffing losses in the fire department, town records show. Overtime payouts nearly doubled in 2017 over the prior year to $401,642. The department typically spends about $260,000 a year on overtime, but a perfect storm of illnesses, military absences […]

Cancer: Asheville Firefighters Face Job Danger Even Deadlier Than Fire

ASHEVILLE, NC — Will Willis signed up to fight fires and save lives as a volunteer at age 16. Now 33, a husband and father of four, the Asheville Fire Department engineer has lived every day since then hyperaware of the job’s rewards and its deadly risks. He has dodged countless encounters with death, from […]