Raise for fire­fight­ers

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News

BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff South Glen­garry fire­fight­ers re­ceived a 4.5 per cent pay in­crease re­cently – their first raise in al­most four years.

Hourly wages for all mem­bers of the vol­un­teer force – non­rank­ing fire­fight­ers and of­fi­cers – go from $16.11 to $16.83 as a re­sult of the raise, ap­proved by South Glen­garry coun­cil at the Jan­uary 25 reg­u­lar meet­ing.

The in­crease is retroac­tive to Jan­uary 1 of this year.

Town­ship fire chief Vic Ler­oux is a full-time, paid mu­nic­i­pal em­ployee.

Last hike in 2012

In point­ing out that mem­bers of the town­ship depart­ment hadn’t re­ceived an in­crease in pay since 2012, Chief Ler­oux ex­plained that the cost of liv­ing over that pe­riod – ex­clud­ing 2015/2016, fig­ures for which are not yet avail­able – has gone up a to­tal of 4.21 per cent, ac­cord­ing to the Bank of Canada In­fla­tion Cal­cu­la­tor.

Their col­leagues in South Dun­das are paid $19.90 per hour and in South Stor­mont $16.32 per hour.

All three ser­vices cover a ter­ri­tory that in­cludes High­way 401, the CN Rail cor­ri­dor and the St. Lawrence River.

Neigh­bours

Fire­fight­ers in North Glen­garry earn $15.64 per hour, al­though its of­fi­cers make $21.87 per hour, ac­cord­ing to the South Glen­garry chief, who also noted that South Stor­mont fire depart­ment of­fi­cers have a “sub­stan­tially higher rate of pay than the nor­mal fire­fight­ers’ hourly rate.”

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Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 15 for Fam­ily Day.

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