The Camas City Council has approved one-year contracts with the city’s police and firefighters’ unions. Members of both groups will receive raises this year, after going without in 2011.
A contract for 2012 was approved with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local No. 2444. Highlights include a one percent wage increase effective Jan. 1, 2012; 24 hours of “flex time” to be used in 2012 (with conditions that it cannot be cashed out, carried over or cause overtime); and a limit to 200 hours for the amount of vacation time that can be cashed out annually.
The new contract also included elimination, as of March 1, of positions classified as “firefighter engineer” and “paramedic engineer.”
The six employees this move impacted remain employed by the Camas Fire Department, but were demoted to ranks of “firefighter” and “paramedic,” according to Human Resources Director Jennifer Gorsuch.
Fire Chief Nick Swinhart said his decision to eliminate the specialized positions, which were established by the previous fire chief about five years ago, was based on the fact that he couldn’t justify the ranking’s added expense in a department of Camas’s size.