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Brief: City Council Approves Pay Raises for Stillwater Firefighters

The wage increases are in line with comparable agencies, and can be implemented within the fire department’s current budget, Fire Chief Stu Glaser told the Council. The paid on-call firefighters have not had a pay increase in more than seven years.

The City Council last week approved a resolution giving pay raises to Stillwater’s paid on-call firefighters.

The wage increases are in line with comparable agencies, and can be implemented within the fire department’s current budget, Fire Chief Stu Glaser told the Council. The paid on-call firefighters have not had a pay increase in more than seven years.

City Administrator Larry Hansen recommended the council approve the resolution for pay increases.

Here's how the resolution breaks down:

Position Wage per 2005 resolution Wage Effective Feb. 1 Probationary Firefighter $9.75 per hour $12.25 per hour Firefighter $10.25 per hour $13.25 per hour Firefighter/Engineer $11.25 per hour $14.50 per hour Lieutenant  $11.75 per hour $15.75 per hour Captain $12.25 per hour  $16.75 per hour Assistant Chief $13.25 per hour $17.75 per hour
Shawn Hogendorf February 12, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Mike is correct, Susan. Paid on-call firefighters are paid when they respond to a call. You misunderstood my comment above, but I also left out an "a" making that possible. Sorry if I confused you.
Susan February 12, 2013 at 03:56 PM
No worries, Shawn, it seems that I was also misunderstood. Apparently we ALL need to slow down a bit before judging other's words, Mike as I still don't understand how one could have come to the complete opposite conclusion when reading all that I wrote.
Shawn Hogendorf February 12, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Here's what Chief Glaser told me about paid on-call: Shawn, You are correct, the paid-on-call personnel receive hourly pay when they respond to a call, conduct training or department meetings. Paid-on-call personnel receive one hour minimum for a call. Stillwater is a combination fire department consisting of minimal full-time staff and a majority of paid-on-call personnel. The Department operates in a tiered response system. The full-time on duty crews respond immediately to the incident and if the situation requires it the paid-on-call staff are paged to respond. In 2012 the SFD responded to 1,733 calls. 240 of these calls required paid-on-call response.
Laurie Helgason February 12, 2013 at 04:23 PM
The pay raise has my complete support and believe their salaries are low considering the risks. I enjoyed reading the interesting comments, omitting Mikes sarcasm, to clarify some facts.
Randy Marsh February 12, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Thanks Shawn. It sounds like the on call staffing accounts for a rather small portion of the department's budget if that's the case. I am not surprised they have such a tough time finding people and it seems odd that they are paid so little while actually on duty considering they are working alongside the full timers making more than twice as much while presumably doing the same work.

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