Overtime Gives Some San Francisco Firefighters Big Salaries

Some San Francisco firefighters are raking in six-figure overtime paychecks because of staffing shortages that have department managers scheduling numerous extra shifts, reports the Associated Press.

A lieutenant at Station 39 on Portola Avenue collected $221,000 in overtime last year, raising his total salary to $363,000, according to the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/11GsApt ). A paramedic-firefighter at Station 51 in the Presidio made $191,000 in overtime, taking his pay to $337,204, while three battalion chiefs made $113,000 to $124,000 each in overtime, boosting their pay to $316,000 to $332,000 each, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday.

The fire department already has spent its $38 million overtime budget with two months to go in the fiscal year and is asking the Board of Supervisors to approve another $4.1 million, according to the newspaper.

Firefighters union president Tom O'Connor said some crew members put in hundreds of hours of overtime a year and blamed chronic understaffing caused by the department's failure to fill 400 vacant positions for the extra hours.

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