O.C. firefighter overtime was $25 million; see the data

O.C. firefighter overtime was $25 million; see the data

05 November 2010

published by www.ocregister.com

USA —  Overtime in the county’s largest firefighting agency decreased by more than $3 million last year, a savings Orange County Fire Authority officials attribute to the fact there were no major brushfires in 2009.

But with a growing number of empty firefighting positions at the agency and the need to staff stations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, officials expect overtime costs to climb.

Though firefighters with the OCFA earn an average base salary of $84,000, the average overall earnings for a firefighter in the agency is $131,522 in 2009, records show. With the help of overtime hours, some firefighters, however, were able to more than double their base salaries.

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