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    2006 I grossed roughly $73000 with 2 OT days; this includes medic pay, longevity, and a premium for having an AAS degree; my base salary is about $57,000

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    CTJAKE:
    I don't like to talk out of school but it's public info anyway. Let me consult the contract:

    FF Start $53k top $65k
    Apparatus Opperator $72k
    Lt. $77k
    Capt. $85k
    B.C. $91k

    Then factor in 12 holidays @ 12 hours per day on top of that salary.
    OT is fat right now because we have 4 vacancies, several injuries.
    OT is straight time.
    Average FF made $80k last year. Drivers and officers made far above that.
    IAFF member, Love this job! Remember the oath!

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    2 Year FF EMT-B, i make 18,000 a year, housing provided ( including utilities), 100% free healthcare including dental and vision.


    Work 72 hour week, sometimes 96, no overtime paid.

    2 on 3 off,2 on 3 off, 2 on 2 off, 2 on 3 off, 2 on 3 off, and so forth.



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    starting is around 29k my last year was about 52k 6 years OTJ.
    I don't know about this year as I am a driver now probably in the 59k range.
    Add 2% per 5 years for longevity
    Add 4% if assigned Haz-mat.
    Add 5% if assigned to ALS pumper.
    Add 800 year uniform allowance.
    Add 5% for working up in class. (this does'nt sound like alot but if you are the senior FF in a house where your driver and Captain have 20+ years they are gone at least 60 days a year. 60 x24 x 5%= about 1300 year assuming you like driving)
    We work 49.5 workweek, 13 cycling kelly days. NO holiday pay instead were given 4 additional vacation days off a year. Subs start at 9 vacs a year up to 15 @ 20 years.
    Overtime is available but I dont work it as I run a construction crew and it pays better and is more dependable.
    This is in western missouri.

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    Angry Don't Laugh

    I work for James Island FD, a small dept near Charleston, SC.
    I am a Captain, EMT-I, and have about 11 years exp.

    Base- $32,000, no overtime, well very little and forced,$165 a paycheck for benefits. 24/48 (and 15 min so they dont have to pay at night FSLA)

    Median home price........$223,006

    Working almost every off day at a private ambulance service adds $15,000 but I have no quality of life. Tired all the time, never home.

    Gotta love a right to work state!!!!!

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    Captain Garland Texas 83,700 before FLSA. No kelly days. 1,200 for paramedic. After all said and done somewhere around 85,000 working 24 on 48 off. I have been a Capt for 1 year now.

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    Default 24-48 with a kelly day!

    I have been on a year and a half and am making a whole $9.50 an hour or $23,712 a year either way I have to keep a part time job to make ends meet. But you don't chose this career for the money right?!

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    i make 7.75 as a firefighter paramedic. it works to about 18000 a year, good benefits though. my wife wants a divorce and i think its cuz i dont make enough. but if she didnt do crack we would be able to pay the bills

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    I make around 50K a year as a first year Firefighter/EMT.
    Last edited by soccerdewd; 10-08-2007 at 08:37 PM.

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    About $110K per year as a top step firefighter, before overtime.
    Living the dream...

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    Default Salary info

    In CA salaries vary. Many departments have a FF starting base wage rate of 5000-7000 per month with increases for education and paramedic. Standard work week is usually 56 hours. Not all departments have Lts, so the comparison would be with the first level company officer, either Captain or Lt. Often this salary would be 100-120,000. Of course things like OT, Education pay, EMT-P pay or special assignment pays can all come into play. The IAFF has a data base and if you are a IAFF department you can access this info. Our trade off for salaries is a much lower staffing level per capita. Many Cities run three person engines, we often have a staffing of .6 positions for every 1000 citizens protected. My department protects 350,000 people in a high crime community with a paid staff of 270. We average about 3000 runs per engine. Paid well - yes, worked harder - maybe. Our housing here is also a little higher that much of the country.

    We receive 9 vacation days per year, plus seniority leave form 6 to 13 additional shifts based on service years, work week is 56 hours, 48 on 96 off rotation. We do not get Kelly days in the rotation due to the total time off. We also are at 100% Union department with a very active political voice.

    Good luck to all in their contracts, the grass maybe greener, but come summer it turns brown and then burns 1,000,000 + acres!

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    FF/Medic right now around 50k with OT. 24/48 with kelly every 4 months(kelly being 24hr OT or vacation)

    ABOUT to be 28k due to change of location. WooHoo

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    Been on 17yrs. Currently a Acting Captain.

    We are currently one of or the highest paid dept in Ontario and/orCanada

    1st class firefighter with 23yrs and up $82975 Base
    with 17yrs $80690
    with 8yrs $78400
    3.5yrs $76120

    Capt- 23yrs $95910
    17yrs $93625

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    Top step FF 67500
    + Longevity (1% for each 5yrs)
    +PM or LT Premium 10%
    Capt 20%
    BC 30%
    + 14 Kellys
    + Full Benny's (No Employee Contribution)
    + Vac (5yr FF) 10.67 Hrs Mo
    + 3 Personal days
    + sick 14 hrs Mo
    + Matching deferred comp
    + 1/2 Retirement Obligation

    24/48
    2 stations 36 Union Members
    Western Washington State

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    Base FF/EMT in my city is around $65,00. Paramedic stipend is 500.00 a month. I have been on 6 years and I will make a base of $78,000 add an extra $18,000 in overtime by the end of the year. Housing is high. My 3 bed 2 bath 1/4 acre lot cost me $400,000 probebly would be pretty tight with out my wifes job. California is an expensive place to live. The upside is I live 1 mile from my station work a 48/96 schedule and have full benies for my family plus full medical after retirement. It does not matter where you live it is all good if your doing what you love.

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    FF/EMT $69K
    FF/Medic $75K
    LT $88K
    B/C $92K
    A/C $100K
    Chief $115K

    6.5 sick days, 11 kelly's, 4 floating holidays.
    4 to 18 vacation shifts. 24/48 shifts.

    Chicago western suburb.

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    small minnesota city, 1 year FF/medic
    $43,000 w/o OT
    8 days of Vac, kelly days
    5% of ins premium

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    Ive been working for 6 months and im makeing 30k year with 3 weeks paid vacation and 1 week of personal time off. also my employeer pays for any college class' i want to take and gives me 3 hours of paid school time i can take off a week to attend these class'

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    Approaching the end of my first full calendar year.

    Modified Detroit schedule
    K-Day every 22 shifts
    56 hour work week.
    5 stations
    5 engines (1-4 man, 2-3 man, 1-4 man (2 cross from ambo), 1-3 man (cross with ambo)
    5 ambulances

    Next week my paycheck will have $46K on it gross. Base FF/EMT

    Better by 16k my first year here than 5 years I put in in Utah...

    *Mark
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    I just saw this site on a randomb search...thought I would put my 2 cents in. I'm the fire team leader at my job.....I'm a derrickman (2nd in command) the driller is the boss, on an oil rig. land based. I've been in the field for 7 years.
    I work 4 days on.......4 days off 12 hour days year round working holidays if my days on fall on those days. So I work half the year. This year I've made $81,429. I work for Ensign United States Drilling. I don't think I'm a firefighter but I've put three of them out.........now on an oil rig a fire at the wrong depth can burn the rig down in 60 sec. Mostly I smack my hands (underlings) in the *** for smoking in non smokeing areas. Try to stop a fire before one can start.

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    How many looking at pay cuts?

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    Whatever I can steal from the fire scene.

    Still looking for a decent market for burnt 2x4s.

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    About 60K with a little OT and the atual value according to our HR with all the bennies is around 85K for health dental and other miscl
    Front line since 1983 and still going strong

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    $59k for a first year FF/driver-operator. In 2 weeks I'll get a 2k/yr pay increase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TL678 View Post
    How many looking at pay cuts?
    We just got on the down low that the city wants to take longevity and paramedic pay which is around $12k for me, and that is just the start.
    If your going to cry about doing the job you signed up for do us all a favor and quit, there are plenty of dedicated people standing in line for the best job in the world.

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