North Liberty to pay fire volunteers by the call



Volunteer firefighters in North Liberty soon will be paid when they respond to calls.

 

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the pay-per-call program for the 33 volunteer members of the North Liberty Fire Department. The proposal replaces an annual stipend program.

 

The program will take $63,000 annually from the department's equipment reserve to pay the volunteers. The current stipend program for volunteers starts at $500 annually and increases based on rank.

 

The per-call payments will be made quarterly and will range between $7 and $8 per call and will increase based on years of service, credentials and job duties.

 

The volunteers will be paid for emergency calls, training and public education events.