As you help your child plan their future you should consider the occupation of an El Dorado Hills firefighter.
To become a firefighter requires EMT-1 or EMT-Paramedic certification (ARC 12 month, three days/week program, $1,200), 20 college semester units and 13.5 weeks of firefighting training — so approximately a 2 year commitment. The per employee total compensation for the EDH Fire Department is $208,000 ($13,728,057 wages and benefits/66 employees —www.edhfire.com/documents.
That’s nearly three times what a teacher with a master’s and 10 years of experience makes at Oak Ridge High School. To me, this compensation seems a little high knowing that the mean salary for an urgent care physician in California is $190,000. I also noticed that the per employee compensation for the Sacramento Department of City Attorneys is only $131,101.
Keep in mind, that this is a job people are willing to volunteer to do for free.
The budget for the El Dorado Hills Fire Department is derived from our property taxes as well as new home fees. As we have all seen, excessive employee compensation exploded in city, counties and water agencies, like EID, during the housing boom. Now that the revenue source is gone the taxpayers are saddled with these financial obligations. The El Dorado Hills Fire Department is governed by an elected, five member Board of Directors (www.edhfire.com/administration/bod/board-members). The board is now beginning compensation negotiations with the firefighters union and a search for a new fire chief. The fire department website states that the new fire chief will receive “the California PERS safety retirement of 3 percent at 50, fully paid by the department, vesting in five years.” Wow!
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