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Palm Beach County OKs raises for Fire-Rescue district chiefs


Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue’s eight district chiefs will each get 3 percent raises under a collective bargaining agreement Palm Beach County Commissioners approved Tuesday at their regular meeting.

The vote was 6-0; commissioner Hal Valeche was absent.

The agreement, reached with Professional Firefighters/Paramedics of Palm Beach County, Local 2928 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, was ratified by union members on Oct. 11.

Raises will cost the county $256,992 over three years.

Under the new deal, pay for district chiefs will go from about $159,875 to $164,671 this year, then to $169,611 in 2017, and $174,677 in 2018.

District chiefs each oversee a different part of the county. Fire-Rescue and the union formally switched the title last year from “battalion chief” to “district chief” to be consistent with area municipal departments.



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