Pay, staffing and overtime: Why some South Carolina firefighters aren’t happy

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  • Published: 02/13/2018 12:00 AM

Horry County firefighters are leaving and moving to other departments like Myrtle Beach with complaints of too much overtime and low pay, according to Rob Mullaney, president of the Horry County chapter of the International Association of Firefighters. “A lot of the problems are staffing,” he said. “Our turnover rate is ridiculous and you’re losing a lot of mid-level and senior guys to departments, starting over at departments because the benefits are better, the pay is better, the longevity with the pay is better.” In January, the county fire department changed its mandatory overtime rules, breaking down the overtime lists by personnel type instead of relying on one list with all different types of personnel to fill each vacancy that comes up.


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