Firefighters present budget to boost revenue, retain firefighters

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 01:56 PM.

More fuel savings could be realized by simply opening the bay doors at Station 3 to monitor incoming air ambulances at North Okaloosa Medical Center rather than driving to the hospital.

Crestview's firefighters formalized their previous proposal to eliminate their annual uniform allowance budget item of $20,800 and eliminate incentive pay.

Poirrier also suggested the city implement an early retirement plan for senior firefighters with 20-plus years of service. He suggested the Fire and Police Retirement Board actuary conduct a study, which Poirrier's association believes could save the city up to $300,000 annually.

Coupling early retirements with restructuring top leadership, none of whom are union members, in the fire department could generate $441,645 savings the first year, Poirrier suggested.

Council President Robyn Helt praised the firefighters for proactively brainstorming ways to cut expenses and raise revenues.

"This is what I wanted to see: some solutions," Helt said.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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