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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 1, 2014

North Liberty to pay firefighters per call-out

Sep 11, 2013

NORTH LIBERTY (AP) — Volunteer firefighters in North Liberty soon will be paid when they respond to calls.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the pay-per-call program for the 33 volunteer members of the North Liberty Fire Department. The proposal replaces an annual stipend program.

The program will take $63,000 annually from the department’s equipment reserve to pay the volunteers. The current stipend program for volunteers starts at $500 annually and increases based on rank.

The per-call payments will be made quarterly and will range between $7 and $8 per call and will increase based on years of service, credentials and job duties.

The volunteers will be paid for emergency calls, training and public education events.

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