DYER | Fire Chief Thad Stutler wants to give Dyer’s volunteer firefighters a 50-cent per call raise.
Stutler met with the Town Council in a special study session on financial issues last week to discus the situation.
Dyer’s firefighters currently are paid $11.75 per call. Stutler and other fire officials want the rate increased to $12.25.
Council members reacted positively to the request, though they also asked that Stutler crunch numbers to find out how the raise would impact the department’s budget.
The town’s 35 firefighters are on a paid-on-call status and provide fire, medical and rescue services.
The department operates out of two stations: one on Hart Street and the other on 213th Street.
The department also carries life insurance through the town and workers' compensation for its members.
Fire officials eventually want to hire two to four part-time employees who could man the station during the day.
Dyer’s Fire Department currently handles 100 calls per week, or three a day. Eighty-five percent of those calls are medical, Stutler said.
Part-timers working 20 hours a week would give the department manpower during the day, when its volunteers are likely to be working.