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    I am taking a class to become an instructor, and I have been given an assignment that I need your help with. The topic that I need to talk about is firefighter pay across the US. What I would like from you guys is to list your department, location, starting pay, and how big of a department you have. I'm also going to try to get some cost of living comparisons for different states too.
    I'll go first:
    City of Wilmington FD, Wilmington, NC, $26,200 215 personnel

    And New Hanover County has a paid department too:
    New Hanover County FD, Wilmington, NC, $30,579 (don't know numbers, but a lot smaller than the city)

    Thanks for the help,
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    Garland, TX pop. 230,000 (Dallas suburb), $42,876 is a starting recruit's pay, our department has 11 stations, 260ish firefighters

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    FDNY

    Starting salary......a whopping $25,100!

    Approx: 8400 Firemen ~3000 Officers

    FTM-PTB

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    Western Kentucky---starting pay 27,xxx and the state kicks in anther $3100 once training requirements are met. 56 hour week

    54 suppression, 4 staff, 2 secretaries

    3 bedroom brick ranch on a 125 ft x 125 ft lot $92,000 Gas is @ $1.829

    Pay is decent for the area I live in because of low cost of living

    Just retired with a twenty year pension, $2013 a month and free medical care
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    Quote Originally Posted by wfdbackdraft View Post
    I am taking a class to become an instructor, and I have been given an assignment that I need your help with. The topic that I need to talk about is firefighter pay across the US. What I would like from you guys is to list your department, location, starting pay, and how big of a department you have. I'm also going to try to get some cost of living comparisons for different states too.
    I'll go first:
    City of Wilmington FD, Wilmington, NC, $26,200 215 personnel

    And New Hanover County has a paid department too:
    New Hanover County FD, Wilmington, NC, $30,579 (don't know numbers, but a lot smaller than the city)

    Thanks for the help,
    Michael


    If you are an IAFF member, you can go to their web site and should be able to obtain all you need.


    Richmond, VA recruit salary is $36,500 to start. 62 sq miles, old construction, plenty of fire with 20 stations. 20 Quints - 3 Heavy Rescues.
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    Central Florida Area- Firefighter/Paramedic- starting salary around $40,000-45,000.

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    San Antonio, Texas
    Pop. 1 million+
    50 stations
    roughly 1400 ff
    starting pay around $40k

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    -LA CITY FIREFIGHTER- $48,609 to $67,275

    -SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FF/PM- $3,853-$4,933 approx. per month, plus $253.86 MEDIC BONUS.

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    Thanks guys, that's some great info. Keep it coming. And yes I am in the IAFF Local 129, and a proud member of our Honor Guard. I'll have to check out the international's web site. Thanks for the tip.
    Michael

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    Hey WFDbackdraft. Can you PM me if you get a chance. I've got a question about a local fire department in your area. Thanks!
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    Millville, NJ. Combination Department. 11 career. population 27,000. Career staff unionized. 7 paysteps (1 per year) starting pay 26,000.00 max pay after 7 years 62,500.00. Stipend of 1,850.00 for being a fire inspector. Hope this helps.

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    Douglas FD
    Douglas, AZ
    21 Full time + 1 paid chief / 3 part time EMT's(40 hrs a week each) NO Reserves or Volunteers.
    10 are Medic and 12 are EMT-B
    1 station- 4 ambos, 3 engines, 1 rescue, 1 haz mat truck/trailer.
    17,000 population.
    2,540 calls in 2006.
    Home's go for $40,000-$350,000


    I started at $29,315 in 2003
    Made $35,370 in 2006
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    Village of Dixmoor FD, Dixmoor, IL
    Officers $1932-$2208 a month
    FF/Medic $1680-$1920 a month
    FF/EMT B $1512-$1728 a month

    We have 36 personel including 2 chiefs town about 1sq mile
    We ran 1200 call last year 06'
    Area is LOW income with also of small ranch houses lots 75x125
    most houses 1500sq ft 2 1.5 bath 2 car garage no basement for $129,000
    New houses in area 2 story 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 garage approx 2000sq ft some w or w/o basements $190,000-$230,000
    Cost of living south chicago area typical 125x125 lot with a 1 story w basement 2 bedroom 1.5 bath, 1 car garage approx 1300sq ft w/o basement $250,000
    Far south suberbs about 25 min to the city .9 acre with 2 story full basement 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath 2 car garage approx. 2400sq ft w/o basement $329,000

    Hope this helps with your project.

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    Rockford (IL) Fire Department

    Starting Pay: $35,000

    280 FF's

    11 Stations
    8 Engines
    3 Quints
    2 Ladders
    5 ALS Ambos
    2 District Chiefs

    21,500 Runs/Yr.

    Typical Single Family Residence 1500 sq ft $135,000

    I hope this helps!

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    LONG BEACH, CA- FIRE RECRUIT (in academy)- Base Pay: $45,312.00 /Year

    Note- This pay goes up dramaticly upon academy graduation.
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    Indianapolis Fire Department

    31 Engines 17 Ladders (and growing due annexation of surrounding fire departments)

    850 Firefighters
    Start Pay $36,000
    3rd yr. FF $50,810+ incentives (medic, college, longevity, holiday, etc.)

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    Maumelle, Arkansas
    Population - 15,115
    Third fastest growing community in Arkansas
    One Station
    16 career firefighter/EMTs, two chiefs, 21 volunteers
    1145 runs in 2006
    60% Non-Transport EMS, 22% Fire, 18% Other

    Probationary salary begins at $25.2k with increase to $28.9k after one year. Currently, firefighter pay tops out after eight years at $40.8k.

    Average home price is $241,685.77 (approx. 2000 sq. ft.)

    Sources:
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    http://www.maumellefire.com/ourdept/stats.htm
    http://osx.dina.org/dina/dinaftp/mau...file-2006R.doc

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    Henrico County, VA

    Starting salary: $36,716
    9.6% incentive for EMT-I, 14.8% incentive for EMT-P

    246 square miles; 300,000 population
    Mixture of rural, suburban, low income, very high income, commercial, heavy industry ... you name it!

    20 engine companies, 5 truck companies, 3 heavy squads, 3 battalions
    12 ALS ambulances

    500+ personnel

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    Farmington, CT $40,552 (~30,000 population, most volunteer, suburban)

    New Haven, CT $32,000 for a Probie in training; $67,000 after 4 years (~120,000 population, urban)

    Those numbers are probably pretty typical for Connecticut today -- most of the smaller departments pay like Farmington, the big cities like New Haven. Given the cost of living -- especially housing costs, it's not bad money, it's not great money.

    One other item to consider when looking at salaries is the normal work schedule -- the Northeast down into Maryland and out towards Western PA (I believe) usually work a 4 platoon system or about 42 hours/week.

    Most of the rest of the nation, outside of isolated pockets like Houston, work 3 platoon systems or about 53 hours/week. Do the Federal guys still work a 2 platoon, 72 hours/week schedule?
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    Our very rural New Hampshire department, which is 90% volunteer, started its first three paid guys (driver/operators with FF2 and EMT-B) at $22 per hour, plus a fairly decent town benefits package. Not a lot of money, I realize, but those three guys are all in the top 5 highest paid town employees. You can only do what you can do.

    No premium for medics.

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    St. Louis, MO

    Population: Residential 350,000....DayTime over 1.5 Million

    Firehouses: 30

    Engines: 30 (75' Quints)

    Hook&Ladders: 4 (2 100' TL Quints, and 2 125' aerial Quints)

    Squads: 2

    Chiefs: 7 Battalion, and 1 Deputy 24/7

    Medic untis: about 12

    Starting Pay: $35,000 and change

    Top Pvt. Pay: $52,000 and change
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    Norfolk Fire Rescue, Norfolk Virginia

    Population 250,000-300,000. Gets up to close to 1,000,000 during the work day

    Square miles: 62

    Stations: 14 Fire Stations

    Call Volume: 40,000+ per year

    Busiest Engine Co. 4000 calls a year

    2 Rescue Companies
    7 Ladders
    14 Engine Companies
    11 Medic Units
    1 Haz-Mat

    500+ personnell

    We are a combined Fire/EMS Starting pay is roughly 35,000 out of the Academy, and a little more if you are an EMT-I or EMT-P. Lots of old homes and we catch a decent amount of fire for our size.

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    I dont have our contract in front of me, but I think we start FF/EMTs at $36,900 and FF/Medics at $39,900. All firefighters must be at least EMT level. About half are Medics.

    We have an ALS engine company an ALS truck company and an ALS squad (heavy rescue) company out of 2 fire stations and 1 EMS station, covering about a 10 mile strip of barrier island and a 4 square mile block of the mainland with a population of 7000 to 10000 depending on time of year. We have 12 on duty per shift working 24/48s. We run about 5000 calls a year with about 75% being EMS.

    Our pay is average for our county which is made up of 17 departments and approx 60 stations.

    Cost of living is good, except for housing. Its not so much the price of the homes, although thats gone up quite a bit in the last couple years. Its the cost of property insurance which is through the roof due the last couple hurricane seasons which have been bad. Mine has gone up 150% in two years.

    A great number of firefighters cant afford to live in my county, unless they already have a place, as the cost of new home policies is outrageous. The only reason I can stay here is I have an old house with a low mortgage. Forget trying to buy new here on firefighters pay.
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    Thumbs up Pine Bluff, Arkansas

    Pop. 55,000
    Pop. in Prison 7,000- we have 3

    Black (65.9%)
    White Non-Hispanic (32.0%)
    Hispanic (0.8%)
    Two or more races (0.7%)

    Land area: 45.6 square miles

    Median house value: $51,800 (year 2000)

    BASE PAY
    First Year Firefighter $29,878
    Second Year Firefighter $34,110
    Third Year Firefighter $38,703
    Forth Year Add 4%
    Fifth Year Another 4%
    Add Money for College
    Add More if on a team (Haz-Mat)

    After that you can take the Drivers Test. Pass and Get $3,000

    Most Lt's make a little over $45,000
    Capt's at about $50,000
    Asst. Chief $60,000
    Chief $70,000

    All you need is FF1 and FF2. You get that in your first year. We only do First responder, MVA's, Life Threating Emergency's. BLS and ALS is by ambulance.
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