Both the Times-Standard and News Channel 3 ran pieces earlier this week which described how Arcata Fire continued the proud tradition of top-heavy fire department employment by promoting two new Battalion Chiefs, two new Fire Captains, and even added 3 more firefighters to compensate.
THC went ahead and checked the most recent employee salary records over at TransparentCalifornia, and we were not surprised to learn that Arcata Fire seems hell-bent on making sure that half of their firefighting workforce be composed of Captains. Which, we must say, seems pretty damn overkill. They’re already well on their way there.
Via the 2015 compensation records for the Arcata Fire Protection District, we counted 11 people classified as Fire Captains. Total paid firefighters for AFPD (including Chiefs, Captains, Firefighters, and members of the strike team; not including volunteers or administrative staff) came to a grand total of 36.
So just under 1/3 of their firefighting force are captains. All of those captains receive in excess of $100,000 per year in compensation. Keep in mind that those numbers are from 2015 – AFPD has added more upper-level staff in the interim.
Quite a racket, to say the least.
H ere are the salaries and total compensation from 2015 of those who were promoted last week in the big AFPD “we’re getting even more money now” celebration:
New Battalion Chiefs:
Mind you, those salaries and benefits are surely getting a nice big bump this year; the one full-time Battalion Chief on the books in 2015 brought in over $182,000. Fire Captains were pulling at least $125,000.
We recently went over how Austin Allison wants to give Eureka’s Firefighters even better contracts than they currently have to the detriment of the rest of Eureka, and it’ll be no surprise that Arcata’s Firefighters have essentially the same sweet deal, if not sweeter. Check out their MOU covering all the perks: Arcata Fire MOU
So what’s the common theme here? Well, our fire protection districts keep swelling their upper ranks . Last we checked, there haven’t been any complaints about level of fire service in the area, and there sure as shit haven’t been any discussions about improvements or expansions to those fire services, nor about what benefit having so many top-level administrators/firefighters provides to the public.
What is certain is that our taxes keep getting drained to support “essential” services like giving people raises and funding sweet pension plans with no visible benefit or necessary structural improvements.
We’ll just leave this here…
Times-Standard: Arcata Fire District to celebrate promotions, recruits
Transparent California: 2015 AFPD Salaries and Compensation