Wage agreement reached for South Bend firefighters
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The South Bend Firefighter Local 362 and the City of South Bend have reached a wage agreement for South Bend Fire Department firefighters.
Local 362 members approved the agreement with a vote of 187 in favor and 16 against.
This agreement is a part of a new three-year collective bargaining agreement announced on Friday.
The new agreement would raise the base wages of First-Class Firefighters to $66,717 by 2024.
This is an 8.5 percent increase over three years compared to the current 2021 level of $61, 505.
This agreement is still contingent on Common Council approval.
Once approved, the agreement would also expand the pension base for firefighters to $75, 017.
This is a 15.5 percent increase over three years from the current pension base of $64, 905.
The South Bend Fire Department recently received a Class I Public Protection Classification rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO).
This is the highest rating possible and puts the department in the top 1 percent nationally in fire suppression capabilities.