Understaffed San Francisco Firefighters Rake In OT

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some San Francisco firefighters are raking in six-figure overtime paychecks because of staffing shortages that have department managers scheduling numerous extra shifts.

The San Francisco Chronicle points to a lieutenant at Station 39 on Portola Avenue who collected $221,000 in overtime last year, raising his total salary to $363,000.

The newspaper says the fire department already has spent its $38 million overtime budget with two months to go in the fiscal year. It's asking the Board of Supervisors to approve another $4.1 million.

Firefighters union president Tom O'Connor tells the Chronicle some firefighters put in hundreds of hours of overtime a year. He blames chronic understaffing caused by the department's failure to fill 400 vacant positions.

Chief Joanne Hayes-White concedes that the current OT model is not sustainable.

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