L.A. considers shift changes for 9-1-1 dispatchers

12/11/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Los Angeles city officials are proposing to change 9-1-1 dispatcher shifts at the L.A. Fire Department from 24 hours to traditional eight-hour days, which is expected to save $3.2 million in overtime costs annually. The dispatchers are all firefighters who earn higher salaries than a civilian employee would. Proposals to switch to lower-cost staff have in the past met with opposition from unions and fire chiefs, who argue firefighters have more training and experience.

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