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North Liberty Approves Firefighter Pay Change

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) -- Volunteer firefighters in North Liberty soon will be paid when they respond to calls.
   The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the pay-per-call program for the 33 volunteer members of the North Liberty Fire Department. The proposal replaces an annual stipend program.
   The program will take $63,000 annually from the department's equipment reserve to pay the volunteers. The current stipend program for volunteers starts at $500 annually and increases based on rank.
   The per-call payments will be made quarterly and will range between $7 and $8 per call and will increase based on years of service, credentials and job duties.
   The volunteers will be paid for emergency calls, training and public education events.

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