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.