Moline changes firefighter overtime policy

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The city of Moline is changing a policy that some would say would risk lives to save money. Back in April we told you about the problem and since then people have addressed their concerns to the city, asking for a change.

The city is going to pay for more overtime so all four engines will be in service more often. The city started a policy eight months ago called brownouts, which would take one out of their three fire engines out of service for the day.

From February through April all four engines were in service for 40 percent of the time. The city is now paying for two fire fighters for 24 hours each of overtime. The city says paying for overtime will help reduce how often brownouts occur, going from 40 to 70 percent of all engines being in service.

The city is also in the process of hiring another fire fighter. The city expects by fall to have all engines in service 90 percent of the time. The city will use general fund reserves to pay for the overtime.

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