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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,
    Michael

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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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    • #3
      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
        Last edited by SamuelFire; 01-20-2007, 11:31 AM.

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        • #5
          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.
          Last edited by CaptOldTimer; 01-20-2007, 02:45 PM.
          Stay Safe and Well Out There....

          Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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          • #6
            Central Florida Area- Firefighter/Paramedic- starting salary around $40,000-45,000.

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            • #7
              San Antonio, Texas
              Pop. 1 million+
              50 stations
              roughly 1400 ff
              starting pay around $40k

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              • #8
                -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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                • #9
                  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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                  • #10
                    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!
                    PAJ

                    IACOJ Rehab Sector

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                    • #11
                      Millville, NJ

                      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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                      • #12
                        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
                        Last edited by AZFF25; 01-21-2007, 10:45 PM.
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                        • #13
                          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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                          • #14
                            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!

                            rfd599
                            www.IllinoisFireStore.com

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                            • #15
                              LONG BEACH, CA- FIRE RECRUIT (in academy)- Base Pay: $45,312.00 /Year

                              Note- This pay goes up dramaticly upon academy graduation.
                              Last edited by CALFFBOU; 01-22-2007, 04:40 AM.

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