Northampton County's Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Mateff, whose department oversees both 911 and emergency management, had to explain a 36% increase in OT in 2011 during Monday's budget hearing. Between 2007 and 2010, OT had been going down.
Part of the reason, according to Mateff, was the hiring freeze last year. But then he pointed to Winter storms last year, the Nicos fire in Plainfield Township, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and, of course, that earthquake.
"I'm pretty sure pestilence is next," he said.