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Mendelson to look into EMS overtime

The District's Fire and Emergency Medical Services department has spent $5,188,642 on overtime this fiscal year, and it can thank a handful of firefighters and paramedics who have been making more in overtime than their base salaries.

Records show that one firefighter/paramedic, who makes $66,986 a year and was hired in 1989, made $106,993 in overtime in fiscal 2009 and $90,711 in fiscal 2008. An EMS preceptor, whose salary is $70,072, made $70,471 in fiscal 2009 and $89,935 in fiscal 2008.

The list goes on. They were joined in fiscal 2009 by a firefighter/paramedic whose $63,796 salary was boosted by $101,782 in overtime.

The three of them remain on a top 25 list of overtime earners this fiscal year. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, requested lists for the past three years to review excessive overtime.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 17, 2010; 2:22 PM ET
Categories:  City Finances , D.C. Employees , Nikita Stewart  
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this happens in every city. Firefighters and police officers routinely steal money via overtime.

Overtime theft can easily be prevented with more oversight and more employees at lower pay.

But because firefighters are deified they get away with it.

Posted by: ObamaisFraud | March 17, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

With an unemployment rate of 12% in the district, can we not higher and train more firefighers and EMS personel? The cost would be lower to the city while putting more people to work.

Posted by: DCGuy428 | March 18, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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