Orville 
Member since Aug 24, 2016


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Re: “HRM finally releases its sunshine list

@redrocketV8. I do not believe that HRM is paying over market. I understand that HRM wants to be in the p50 range and does considerable market research to determine pay scales. Aside from Police and Fire the salaries are for senior managers and directors who have significant experience and skills (engineers, lawyers, etc). The troubling salaries are in the fire department. No way should someone with a grade twelve education and who does not have to have any other qualification be paid that much money. Yes firefighters provide a much needed service but they are over paid for what they do and how often they leave the station on calls. They are paid to sleep. Try taking away their 24 hour shift and see what happens. Makes more sense for firefighters to be on a twelve hour shift and actually work the entire shift (training, inspections, etc) instead of sleeping. There is little difference between HRMs outside workers and firefighters but there is a huge pay disparity.

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Posted by Orville on 08/25/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “HRM finally releases its sunshine list

I have no problem with police officers being paid over 100k, they deal with dangerous situations and people every shift and can't decide to not enter a situation because it is too dangerous. Firefighters do have that choice. They do not have to enter a burning structure if it is too dangerous, they surround and drown the fire instead. Firefighters work one 24 hour shift and then have three days off. Their quality of family life is exceptional. Many work on the side and their spouses don't work or vice versa. They have the rule of 75 for their pension instead of rule of 80. Fire prevention being what it is today has eliminated much of the danger for firefighters. Yes, they are first responders but they aren't the primary responder for most emergencies Insiders refer to the job as ladder 649!

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Posted by Orville on 08/24/2016 at 4:02 PM

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