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Overtime over budget at Bellingham Fire Department

BFD paid an extra $1.8M for OT in 2022

A Bellingham Fire Academy cadet runs drills on a fire engine.
A Bellingham Fire Academy cadet runs drills on a fire engine in October 2022. Higher turnover and more need for training has been a factor in increased overtime costs in recent years at the Bellingham Fire Department. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Ralph Schwartz Staff Reporter
Overtime at the Bellingham Fire Department is costing the city an extra $1.8 million a year, and cit
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