Pennsylvania fire department overtime costs force city council to consider hiring part-time firefighters

  • Source: The Morning Call - Metered Site
  • Published: 11/27/2019 12:00 AM

Easton is closing in on $1 million in overtime in 2019 for its fire department, increasing the likelihood that it will bring in part-time personnel in 2020. Despite adding three new full-timers earlier this year, the city has already eclipsed the $850,000 in overtime pay it expended in 2018, Finance Director Mark Lysynecky said during the city council meeting Tuesday. With two months left to be accounted for, the Easton Fire Department had already reached $993,000 through October, he said. The new additions bring the department’s complement to 45, but the three new hires have come directly from the academy and won’t be available to begin serving full-time until December, city Administrator Luis Campos said.


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