In an agreement lauded by Mayor Dave Bieter and his “Team Dave”, Boise City and the firefighters union have come to terms over labor negotiations.
Bieter has not taken a raise since he was elected two and a half years ago. His salary is $91,229 a year. If he wants to make big bucks he should get on the fire department where top managers make up to seven grand more than the mayor.
Last week both the union and city council approved a pay schedule that offers starting firefighters what union president Tom Lovell calls “wages and benefits adequate to support members.”
We haven’t seen any substantive reports in the main stream media, but there is little doubt the current fire budget of $31.7 million budget will be bumped up to cover 3% annual wage hikes and increased benefits.
Starting firefighters are paid $38,412 annually and senior firefighter drivers top out at $55,764.
Captains–the guys who ride shotgun on the truck and generally boss the three man crews–make between $62,280 and $64, 416 a year.
Battalion Chiefs generally are in charge of half of the men and stations during any shift. They are management supervisors and decision makers, but according to the contract they belong to the same union as those they supervise and make $68,856.
The fire chief salary is $95,016. There are four deputy chiefs with salaries ranging from $94, 716 to $97632. One of the deputies makes more than his boss the chief.
The GUARDIAN offers up the fact on this one and makes no judgments.
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