Raise for firefighters
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.
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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