Proposed Budget Increase For Fire Department

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2019 07:24 AM

It could cost the town of Fort Frances more money to run its fire department.

A proposed budget forecast costs to be just over a million dollars.

That's an increase of 3.69 per cent over 2018.

Fire Chief Tyler Moffitt says it does reflect lower overtime costs but higher costs for training and wages.

"There's going to be a 7 per cent increase in costs for the full-time firefighters in total direct wages because there are three of them who are actually getting pay bumps because of higher classifications," says Moffitt.

There's also a 7 per cent increase to the wage earned by Moffitt as Fire Chief.

The budget also includes a 14.8 per cent increase in costs associated with training of the volunteer firefighters.

The Department currently has twenty volunteer firefighters.

Overtime and call out costs are expected to decrease by 20.5 per cent.

Moffitt says a review of past years show overtime hours have been steadily decreasing.

The budget also calls for $65-thousand in spending on new equipment to replace old and out-dated gear.

 

(File photo)