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Concerns about overtime for DC Fire and EMS mechanics

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D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells is concerned about the overtime some D.C. Fire and EMS mechanics are earning at work.

A new report released shows that out of the 25 top overtime earners, 18 of them are heavy equipment mechanics.

The mechanics were paid over $871,000 in overtime compensation. The top overtime earner had an annual salary of $57,740 in 2012. In addition to his salary, he earned overtime compensation of $97,852.

Fire administrators say the overtime was needed to make critical repairs to fire engines and ambulances. Chief Kenneth Ellerbe says new vehicles have been purchased, but he will still need to pay out overtime to his mechanics in order to keep the fleet up and running.

LINK: D.C. Fire and EMS Department Response to Questions Asked by the Committee for "Fiscal Year 2012 and 2013 Performance Oversight"

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