By Joe Smydo
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.
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