The Mayor wants the people of Oroville to believe it is because of state and federal guidelines. This is not true. There is a lot more involved than he wants to tell you. In January I had a meeting with the Mayor, one of the things we talked about was being short-handed and we needed more help with day coverage, and how we can fix the problem. I informed him that some of the EMTs in Tonasket are willing to help us (but not for $10.00 for a 12 shift like we get) and that we needed to increase the standby from $10.00 to $36.00. At a city council meeting the Mayor stated he was ready to increase the standby pay to $36.00, but the county told him he cannot make any decisions at this time (this was in March).