Fire­fight­ers paid $300K have no right to com­plain

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Re: “Rein in lack­adaisi­cal Bay Area fire of­fi­cials” ( Ed­i­to­rial, June 6):

Thank you for bring­ing to our at­ten­tion the lack of over­sight in the lo­cal fire de­part­ments, es­pe­cially Hay­ward’s.

It’s shock­ing that many fire de­part­ments in the South Bay are fail­ing to ad­e­quately in­spect schools and apart­ment build­ings on an an­nual ba­sis.

Ac­cord­ing to the Trans­parency Cal­i­for­nia web­site, there are over a dozen fire fight­ers in Hay­ward draw­ing over $300,000 per year in to­tal com­pen­sa­tion. They have no right to com­plain about being in­ad­e­quately re­sourced or un­paid. The tax­pay­ers de­serve bet­ter ser­vice for all the money they are putting into this de­part­ment.

I hope the Mer­cury News con­tin­ues to fol­low up on this story and hold th­ese de- part­ments ac­count­able. — Gena Lee- Cole, Sun­ny­vale

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