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    So our daytime personnel have been ordered to read water meters for our village today and tomorrow. Does anyone else see what's wrong with this. We are not a large village, were only short one water department employee, the meters aren't buried or otherwise inaccessible. How has our village administration come to the conclusion that the on duty EMTs need to take the ambulance out to read meters?

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    Other assigned duties??

    If they are short a meter reader, they might transfer an emt to the job!!!

    Highly paid meter reader????

    Got a job!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire49 View Post
    Other assigned duties??

    If they are short a meter reader, they might transfer an emt to the job!!!

    Highly paid meter reader????

    Got a job!!!!
    Riiight, we're paid less than water dept....

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    Quote Originally Posted by amraam840 View Post
    So our daytime personnel have been ordered to read water meters for our village today and tomorrow. Does anyone else see what's wrong with this. We are not a large village, were only short one water department employee, the meters aren't buried or otherwise inaccessible. How has our village administration come to the conclusion that the on duty EMTs need to take the ambulance out to read meters?
    The punishment for doing a good job is more of the same work.

    So, go out and do an extraordinarily crappy job of reading those meters. Maybe next time the municipality will think twice before asking you....

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    """Right, we're paid less than water dept...."""""


    At least you will get out of class pay


    Or an emt will apply for higher paying position

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    Quote Originally Posted by amraam840 View Post
    Riiight, we're paid less than water dept....
    You have a job, do it or quit!
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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    Quote Originally Posted by amraam840 View Post
    So our daytime personnel have been ordered to read water meters for our village today and tomorrow.
    Do you have a labor agreement? What does it say about your duties? Is the water department unionized? They may be in a stronger position to file a grievance than you are.
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    Hmmm...an opportunity to visit every occupancy in your district once a month. Not the end of the world. Just more ammo for you if there is ever talk of layoffs in the FD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF View Post
    Hmmm...an opportunity to visit every occupancy in your district once a month. Not the end of the world. Just more ammo for you if there is ever talk of layoffs in the FD.
    Just imagine the preplanning you can do! You have a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY!
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    It's a golden opportunity, but not the way some of you may be thinking.

    Maybe this area is different than mine, but reading meters here is an outside job. That would limit the extent that you could preplan. Reading a meter is a minute or two job per house, doing a pre-plan should take more than that. So it isn't an opportunity to do anything that you can't already do.


    Correct, it's not the end of the world, but what's next? Maybe they get rid of the meter maids and have the FD start writing parking tickets? Maybe they cut some DPW employees and have the FD cutting the grass on public property?

    We deal with this type of stuff in my department. There's a big difference between doing work outside your normal job description in a "state of emergency" type situation, like following a major storm, for the good of the community and being expected to do so on a regular daily basis because the municipality isn't providing enough resources to who is supposed to be doing the work.

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