“If we are to have a Fire Department and Paramedics we must be competitive.”
This is something we cannot do on the cheap. We cannot pretend we exist in a vacuum. We are in a market of paramedics and firefighters. They have an actual market value. We cannot allow our dislike of pensions, unions and negotiations to get in the way of what is best for the taxpayers of Longboat Key.
The Longboat Key Fire Department hired six new firefighter/paramedics over the past months to replace firefighters who are in the DROP retirement program and scheduled to retire. The new hires started the first part of March and have all entered a one month training program consisting of two weeks of department orientation and two weeks [...]