Perry City Council may look to curb overtime by adding two new firefighters

The Perry City Council could be looking to add two new firefighter positions to their Department of Public Safety at their Nov. 4 meeting.

During their work session Tuesday, City Manager Lee Gilmour presented the City Council with information about how firefighters are currently receiving more overtime than originally anticipated. Gilmour did not have figures available at the work session.

The excessive overtime comes from the fire division’s need to be able to staff its aerial truck and engine with three people each per shift.

The city’s fire division currently includes 16 employees who perform shift work. Those firefighters currently work during three shifts.

Gilmour said the addition of two additional personnel would be cheaper in the long run than continuing to pay overtime.