Comments by Mark Redman
Someone help me. Mr. Williams and Mr Parr both state "If something is not done, the result could be a tragedy.”
To me that sounds alot like "your saftey is at risk"
Mr. Carter then writes about going to the lowest bidder.
To me it sounds just like that little red flyer.
I belive you get what you pay for.
Support your local firefighters
Vince you are right. The blame game gets us no where. Mr. Warren is right too, all parties share in some responsibility.
The question is where do we go from here? I think the community needs to support the firefighters or chiefs or board members (where ever solid leadership is found) in finding solutions. I belive to attract and keep these leaders though, we must pay what the other departments pay.
Like I said 7 days extra a month works out to be about 96 hours a week. 7 overtime days = 168 hours. 168 divided by 4 weeks equals 42 extra hours a week on top of their 56 hour weeks equals 98 hour weeks. Overtime is in addition to the 56 hour work week. You are right there are many factors in comparing salaries. They call that total compensation- Half Moon Bay is bottom 3 in total compensation. If you want to argue about the merits of firefighting and if they are worth a fair hourly wage then that…
To work 170,000$ in one year on a Half Moon Bay firefighters salary one would have to average around 96 hours a week for a whole year. I dont know about you but I would have hard time being away from my family for that long a time. Also Half Moon Bay firefighters are the 3rd lowest in the county in pay (also public records) . I also know they have been understaffed for a long time and the firefighters union has been asking for increased staffing levels for years now. Mark Redman Montara