Iowa city may get new pay model for firefighters

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — Volunteer firefighters in North Liberty could soon get paid every time they respond to a call.

The City Council on Tuesday discussed a pay-per-call program for volunteers of the North Liberty Fire Department. The proposal would replace an annual stipend program that’s currently in place.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/19tgN6d ) the proposal would take $63,000 annually from the department’s equipment reserve to pay volunteers each time they respond to an emergency call. The current stipend program for volunteers starts at $500 annually and increases based on rank.

Under the proposal, payments would be made quarterly. They would range between $7 and $8 per call and would increase based on years of service, credentials and job duties.

The council will vote on the proposal at a later meeting.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/

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