Officials in one southwest Louisiana city finalize pay matrix for firefighters at special meeting

  • Source: KPLC-TV NBC/CW+ 7 Lake Charles
  • Published: 01/11/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: After several meetings between the city and firefighters, council appearances and even a protest, city officials finally have a pay plan for the fire department. After a final discussion Tuesday, city officials are addressing their concerns by implementing a pay matrix. Starting this month, all fire suppression employees will see a pay increase. “Our entry-level firefighters will be about $900 a year, and so that is a good increase for them,” Emily McDaniel, the city’s director of finance, said in a previous interview. “Another class that is impacted is our captains, and they will be making on average $5,000 or more a year. Each range will vary depending on how long they’ve been in service.” According to the pay plan, after the $6,000 supplemental pay, first-year firefighters make about $40,000 before overtime.


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