Officials plan to boost Detroit firefighter pay


All Detroit firefighters licensed as medical first responders will receive a pay raise, officials announced Friday.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan joined Fire Commissioner Eric Jones and Mike Nevin, president of the Detroit Fire Fighters Association, announced the 4 percent across-the-board wage increase they called overdue and much-needed.

“This little bump here is what we needed … because we suffered after the bankruptcy,” Nevin said.

The increase is in addition to 2.5 percent raises previously negotiated for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Firefighters will also get 3 percent raises in 2019 and 2020.

Wages in the fire department were cut by 20 percent during Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy.

Nevin said the median salary for a Detroit firefighter is currently $51,000.

The raise augments the firefighters’ 2014 contract, which requires all members of the firefighters’ union be offered medical first response training. Jones and Nevin said all 892 Detroit firefighters will have received the training by the end of 2016.

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