The new overtime plan is expected to be implemented in the next week or two and would require some officers to work 2-3 hours of overtime on days when staffing is below minimum levels.
Pension reform and staffing levels are the big issues as thousands of workers at the University of California’s five medical centers vote on a potential strike.
The department has lost 16 officers since the beginning of December, with many retiring and others by disability.
A new grand jury report is calling for fire agencies in Santa Clara County to re-evaluate how they are doing business.
The city wants to change mandatory staffing levels and merge Station 2 and Station 5 to cut costs and improve efficiency.