Brebard agrees to contract with fire union to raise salary

Brevard County Fire Rescue Firefighters are seeing an increase in base salary under a new three-year union contract that goes into effect on Friday.

Salary increases at the start of the next three years will range from 11.9% of EMT workers to 24.7% of EMT engineers.

The salary increase is designed to better match the wage levels of BCFR firefighters with their counterparts in nearby counties and cities.

The Brevard County Commission approved the contract with the International Firefighters Association Local 2969 with 4-1 votes, opposed by Commissioner John Tobia.

More than 400 BCFR employees are covered by the union contract, including another contract for supervisors.

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