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North Liberty Volunteer Fire Dept. Pay

CBS 2/FOX 28--The second busiest fire department in Johnson County wants to change how they pay their department.

Fire officials in north liberty want their volunteer fire fighters paid every time they respond to a call.

Under the proposal payments would be made quarterly and they would range from $7 to $8 per call.

These guys are volunteers for north liberty fire department, a program that has been intact since 1945.

Right now volunteers are paid a $500 stipend at the end of the year, but that could soon change.

"We're really just reallocating some funds and asking for a little bit of funding in our personal budget to make this new proposal happen," said assistant fire chief Bill Schmooke.

Schmooke pitched the idea to city council earlier this week.

The idea is to pay firefighters when they work as opposed to the current policy.

"It's going to be based on participation. Those members who participate more will make more. Those who participate less will make less," he said.

It will also take things like how long they've been on the department, what they do on fire calls and even what certification they have into consideration when making out paychecks. Some fire fighters are already on board with the idea.

"Everyone knows money motivates people. I think it will get a lot more people in here to help us out," said volunteer firefighter, Eric Ransom.

But ransom who decided to become a firefighter after 9-11 says whether the proposal is approved or not, he'll stick around as a north liberty volunteer fire fighter.

"It's not going to change the way I respond. If I'm here I'm coming in," he said.

The public will have a chance to give their input august 27th during the next city council meeting then the decision is up to city council.

 
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