Providence Firefighter Overtime Costs Cause Officials to Clash

Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says the debate in Providence isn’t about the quality of work the city’s firefighters do – but instead, about an overtime system which he calls broken and financially driven, reports

Pare and Paul Doughty, president of the Providence Firefighter Union, discussed the long-standing staffing feud between the city and the firefighters.

“The big picture is the city’s in trouble financially. And if we do nothing, it’s going to get worse,” Pare explained.

“We’re spending $9 million in overtime in the fire department. We have people that make a lot of money,” Pare added.

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