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Date Posted: 19:11:25 08/04/17 Fri
Author: According to our current fire chief.... (Copied from FB)
Subject: Our Fire Department hasn't been a volunteer FD since 2014.

Russell Shelley

Your fire department has not been volunteer since October 2014. All current employees are part time contract labor earning $50 to $85 for a 12 hour shift. That's $4.17 to $7.08 an hour. Over 60% of our employees are full time firefighters at other departments. Most of the others are fresh out of fire academy and just starting their careers. There are currently no full time employees. We have had multiple discussions in public meetings over the last three years about this plan and transition. It is virtually impossible to run a volunteer organization today. The state required initial and ongoing training alone is enough to deter most interested folks from doing it. Volunteer departments are converting to paid and part paid departments all over the country. The problem is not unique to RO. I would be happy to explain the plan and need to anyone who wants to listen. We are here to serve you in a moment of need. That is our only motivation and intention despite what others might say. You have seen the pay above. Hard to refer to that as a "money grab".

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