President Tsai hikes disaster relief agency salaries

President Tsai Ing-wen. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced on Friday that members of the National Airborne Service Corps (NASC, 內政部空中勤務總隊) would see their salaries increased starting on July 1.

Speaking alongside Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) in a press event, she explained that all of the 100 pilots of the agency responsible for executing and providing support for search and rescue, disaster relief, emergency medical service, reconnaissance and patrol in Taiwan, would receive an extra NT$40,000 per month.

Members of the flight and support crew will also receive a hike. Members of the flight crew will receive around NT$1,000 per hour as opposed to their previous salary which was between NT$500 and NT$750, while aircraft maintenance workers will now receive NT$750 per hour instead of NT$400 to NT$600.

The president said their raise is well deserved. She reported that the team, in its 16 years of operation, has saved 7,100 people, which in her mind is equivalent to saving 7,100 families. Most importantly, members of the NASC are tasked with the daunting mission of entering forest fires to save stranded people and to protect Taiwan’s forests.