Portland Firefighters Request Double Pay For Overtime Amid Short Staffing

Portland firefighters say their staffing levels are putting public safety at risk and want the city council to pay more for what they say is forced overtime to cover staffing shortages.

The overtime is costing taxpayers almost $20 million per year.

Firefighters point to having some stations with just one firefighter on duty at times — causing other stations to respond to calls outside their area when arrival time is critical for emergencies, particularly in east Portland.

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