FOX40: How much overtime is unsafe?

FOX40 Sacramento aired a segment on our findings regarding high overtime pay at the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

The group Transparent California compiled a list of some of the highest overtime amounts paid out to fire captains across the state for the 2014 fiscal year, some of whom are a part of Sacramento Metro Fire.

As wildfires burned across hundreds of thousands of acres, firefighters from across California answered the call, often racking up long overtime hours.

But how much overtime is too much?

“I can’t disagree, I won’t disagree that those numbers are too high,” said Chris Holbrook, Sacramento Metro Fire Deputy Chief.

Holbrook’s talking about overtime pay, which in 2014 tripled salaries for dozens of fire captains statewide.

Including some in Sacramento, two who make $93,000 and $98,000 a year, earned $155,000 and $180,00 more in overtime alone.

Read the rest and watch the television segment on the FOX40 website.