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Pittsburgh city controller says FF overtime 'out of control'

In 2010, $10.8 million was spent on overtime, five percent more than budgeted

By Joe Smydo
Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH — Overtime in the Pittsburgh fire bureau has been "out of control" the past two years, city Controller Michael Lamb said in releasing an audit today.

Mr. Lamb said the overruns largely are attributable to a minimum staffing level -- 163 firefighters on duty at all times -- required by the fire union contract. Noting that improved building codes have reduced the number of structure fires in the city, Mr. Lamb said it's time to reevaluate the staffing numbers.

In 2010, the bureau spent $10.8 million on overtime, 5 percent more than budgeted. Last year, it spent $11.8 million, 14 percent more than budgeted, according to the audit.

Full story: Controller: Pittsburgh firefighter overtime 'out of control'




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Brian Merson Brian Merson Thursday, December 20, 2012 8:36:57 AM Because a small town like Pittsburgh should only have half that number...Ass Clown.
Thursday, December 20, 2012 2:21:19 PM AS A UNION BROTHER , YOU PROBABLY SHOULD NOT HAVE MADE A COMMENT LIKE THAT , THEN AGAIN YOU MIGHT NOT BE A UNION BROTHER.
Brian Merson Brian Merson Thursday, December 20, 2012 5:42:43 PM Sarcasm...

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