The Winona City Council approved a request to increase the retention and incentive packages for those who risk life and limb volunteering to serve on the Winona Fire Department during a meeting Monday.
Winona Fire Chief Curt Bittle said he’s pleased with the city council’s decision and is hopeful the more competitive packages will sway firefighters to stay longer.
“We’re having a harder and harder time maintaining the part-time program,” he said. “I’m hoping with these numbers we’ll promote others to stick around longer than they normally do.”
Under the new agreement, most volunteer firefighters will see their incentives, which are given to those working part-time in lieu of a pension, double.