By Tracy Mettler
September 29, 2005
I am writing as the Secretary/Treasurer of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 2761. Our membership is comprised of the 15 career firefighters providing 24-hour emergency services to the residents and visitors of the City of Ketchikan.
During your comments in a recent city council meeting, while justifying a salary increase for the City Clerk, you stated that the 15 firefighters working for the City fire department all earn a base salary of $52,000. You then stated that this figure does not include overtime or any other compensation, and is simply a base salary.
As you know, job classifications for employees of the City of Ketchikan are assigned a pay grade, and these pay grades are public information. For your information, I am providing you the base salaries of the three (3) employee classifications for firefighters at the Ketchikan Fire Department.
FF/EMT Grade 18-A
The pay grade for the Firefighter/EMT
position does not reach $52,000.
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