The Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously approved a pay-scale increase to $20 per call for the city’s volunteer firefighters at last Monday’s regular meeting. The raise will go into effect at the beginning on the next fiscal year on July 1, 2018.
“Since 2008, the rate has been $15 per call and per drill,” said City Manager David Nunn, who stressed the rate has not increased in a decade. “The budgetary impact is not that great. It’s a very small price to pay for the dedication and the work that these guys do to protect life and property. They train very vigorously and we try to equip them very well, but they give up their time for very little compensation.”