Nobody else has any opinions? What would you do?
If you had 2 job offers, 2 academies around the same time, you fought for your 1st choice which was offered to you 1st by an appeals process, and you had a huge increase in pay differences...what would you do? Would you go where the money is or stay where your at?
In today's economy, are you telling me that people wouldn't go where the money is? We are a struggling society & I myself am tired of struggling so hard to make ends meet. We live paycheck to paycheck, & only by the Grace of God, has God allowed us to get by. I know & have talked to so many people that would go where the money is...
The 1 year difference in annual starting pay recruit is plus $10K. After Academy, the difference in pay is plus $13K.
As a 1 year Firefighter, the annual difference is plus $17K.
As a 2 year FF, the annual difference is plus $21K. And the pay scales differ dramatically if he was to move up in positions, which I know he would, as it is a bigger Fire Dept., bigger city, and he would have better opportunities available to him.
Also, he does have his EMT-B. And yes, he has a guaranteed slot in this out of state Academy. He was officially offered the job at both locations. He has his set start date & pay rate & has completed all his requirements.
And yes there is of course an increase in Cost of Living, but in 2 years difference with $21K plus, that increase in Cost of living wouldn't hurt us. It would only help us.