This award will be used to fund the cost of hiring nine additional firefighter/paramedics. These positions will help reach the goal of increasing the Fire Department’s minimum shift staffing from thirteen to sixteen firefighter/paramedics by October 2, 2024, as stated in the 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the City of DeKalb and DeKalb IAFF, Local 1236.
Increasing the Fire Department’s daily minimum staffing benefits DeKalb citizens by making possible quicker and more efficient fire and emergency medical responses. The increased staffing will also reduce budgetary reliance upon overtime and the likelihood of on-duty injuries.
The award funds will be used for operational personnel salaries, insurance, pension contributions, and other contractual benefits over the course of three (3) years. These are DeKalb’s front-line emergency crews on ambulances and engines.