A decrease in staff as well as increases in greater alarm fires are forcing Vallejo firefighters into mandatory overtime; nearing 100 hours on duty.
Due to outstanding contract issues, the fire department’s ability to hire more personnel to adequately serve Vallejo’s communities has been hindered. However, fires must still be fought.
Just before 5 a.m. today, these exhausted firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at a commercial building located at 110 Corporate Place. “Nearly half of the Vallejo firefighters that responded to this call were working mandatory overtime caused by a growing staffing shortage,” said a spokesperson for the department.