This year, Chief Glen Williamson is hoping to change that.
recently asked the budget committee and board of selectmen to place $25,000 on the town warrant so it could be voted on during the town meeting on March 9.
The $25,000 would pay his
25 member crew of firefighters, EMS personnel, fire chief, assistant fire chief and assistant rescue chief.
Instead, the firemen compensation requested by Williamson
was cut to $2,692 and fire responders compensation was cut to $3,768 in separate articles.
It would come out to between $100 and $200 per crew member per year depending on number of hours, said Williamson
The budget committee and selectmen recommend Williamson be paid $4,306, a $1,300 raise.
The assistant fire chief would get $2,133 and the assistant rescue chief $1,077, according to the town meeting warrant.
"For even the people that put in 50 hours, $200 is kind of a slap in the face," said Williamson
, adding that some members put in as many as 1,500 hours a year for the department.
"Our selectmen are getting [$2,000 apiece per year] and they put in fewer hours.
Everybody in town gets paid except for the firemen."
contends that his
crew sacrifices more than just their time for the town, but also pay their own fuel costs to go to the scene and lose wages from cutting out of work early.
handled 43 fire calls last year and had 84 rescue calls.
mostly upset because his
$25,000 request won't appear in the town warrant, but the recommendations from the budget committee and selectmen will.
"So my thing is: put it to the town.
See what the town wants," said Williamson
"If the town says they only want to pay firemen $100 or $200, that's fine.
I can live with that.
But because eight or nine people up there decided they didn't want to put [my figure in the warrant], there's nothing I can do about."
Stanley "Skip" Smith, chairman of the board of selectmen, said there's plenty Williamson can do.