Oral testimony was given by Fire Captain Darren Burrier, GFD, representing the Fire Chief, and former Senator Matt Rector. Both testified in favor of the bill. Here is the KUAM news report on that hearing:
All firefighters should get differential pay
Guam - The Guam Fire Department testified in support of legislation that would give 15% differential pay to airport firefighters if they receive emergency Medical Technician Basic certifications. Speaking on behalf of Acting Fire Chief John Salas during today's hearing was Captain Darren Burrier, who said the bill should include the following amendments.
He said, "GFD recommends that the bill be amended to include all other firefighters within in the Guam Fire Department with the same restrictions applied in this bill we further recommend that the 15% be reduced to 10%, so as to differentiate the compensation for those who treat patients as opposed to those who provide continuous treatment transportation to a medical facility. Lastly, an alternative to bill 4-31 would be to include all EMT work as part of the hazardous pay compensation presently in existence; in doing this personnel at the Department of Corrections who are EMT-b certified and doing EMT-b work through the treatment of persons and prisoners and students will also be covered."
Currently only firefighters who work on the ambulance are getting the 15% differential pay despite the fact that firefighters on the truck are the initial responders to any scene providing care until a medic arrives. We should also note the bill would only allow airport fighters to receive the 15% if they are actually performing EMT-b work. End of story.
This is the web link to the story: http://www.kuam.com/story/14046779/2011/02/17/all-firefighters-should-get-differential-pay
There is an interesting comment after the story on the KUAM web site regarding whether or not firefighters should be given an EMT differential pay increase. I would advise reading the comment. The writer is very misinformed.
Any of you who would like to submit written testimony may do so by sending you testimony to:
Vice Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz, Chairman of the Committee on Youth, Cultural Affairs, Procurement, General Government Operations, and Public Broadcasting, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time....