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Kauai Fire Department seeks more overtime funds

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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The Kauai Fire Department is seeking a 22 percent increase in overtime funds for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Garden Island says the fire department spent more than $1.1 million in overtime expenses during the 2013 fiscal year. Department officials are now asking for $1.4 million in overtime expenses for the 2014 fiscal year that begins July 1.

Deputy Fire Chief John Blalock said at a county Cost Control Commission meeting Monday that some of the costs are required for the county to comply with collective-bargaining agreements.

Blalock says increasing overtime costs also may be attributed to a training program for specific employees. The program is designed to increase continuity when leave is taken by ranked personnel.

The fire department is proposing a total budget of $25.5 million.

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