Brevard County Fire Department First Responders Receive Salary Increases | New
BREVARD COUNTY Firefighters in Brevard County hope that the increase in the number of new applicants will continue as salaries rise.
BCFR says firefighters / paramedics will earn a starting salary of $ 39,490.92, paramedics will earn $ 44,037.31 and firefighters / paramedics will earn $ 50,241.23.
According to Brevard County Public Safety Director Matthew Wallace, a contract was approved at a regular Brevard County commission meeting on September 14. 24.7% for EMT and 19.7% for FireMedic2, according to Wallace in an email to Hometown News.
Brevard County Fire Chief Mark Schollmeyer attributed the increase in the number of claims in part to the recent salary increase, but also to other factors.
“I am optimistic that the new salary increases will help us recruit new talent,” Schollmeyer said in a statement to Hometown News. “We have already seen a marked increase in applications and interest compared to our last recruitment period. Salaries and an aggressive recruiting campaign, including social media visits and the training academy, also help. “
Mr. Schollmeyer noted that salaries will help BCFR compared to competition with other fire departments.
“The pay increase came about because Brevard County Fire Rescue was behind other departments in pay,” Mr. Schollmeyer said. “It was getting harder and harder to compete with even smaller local departments for talent. The market for firefighters / paramedics and firefighters / paramedics is incredibly competitive. These are the two positions in which we lose the most people. “
Mr. Schollmeyer also said he was grateful for the work of local officials in making the pay rise a reality.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have such a supportive county commission and leadership team who recognize the hard work our men and women are doing every day, especially during the pandemic,” added Mr Schollmeyer.
Mr Schollmeyer added that applications were accepted until at least October 5.
Those interested in more information about careers with Brevard County Fire Rescue should visit brevardfl.gov/FireRescue/FireRescueCareers.