Staff shortage leads to overtime budget concerns for Warren Fire Department
WARREN, Mich. – The city of Warren is struggling to find firefighters, leading to enormous overtime for the ones still on the job. As Michigan’s third largest city, Warren has six fire stations to help protect more than 40,000 residential housing units. According to latest statistics, the Warren Fire Department respond to about 15,000 calls and between 3,000 to 4,000 fires a year. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said only a few took the overtime, leading to three fire personnel making more than $200,000 each for the year and three more making more than $190,000. Michigan’s Capitol Confidential, which first reported the story, said two employees logged more than 2,000 hours of overtime and nine others surpassed 1,000 hours.