Overtime changes coming for Savannah firefighters

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Savannah Fire and Emergency Services held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to announce changes in overtime to reduce costs.

SFES is adjusting the level of staffing that determines when firefighters are called back to work overtime.

The change doesn't affect the number of firefighters and maintains adequate staffing, according to an SFES news release. Daily staffing levels will only be affected only by sick leave and injury leave.

"It should not be construed as the preferred method of operations, however it will not result in any degradation of services," said Savannah Fire Chief Charles G. Middleton in a statement.

Any changes will affect SFES stations where other fire fighting resources are available, the release said.

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