The Villages, firefighters’ union reach tentative agreement on three-year contract

The Village Center Community Development District and representatives of the Professional Firefighters of The Villages, IAFF 4770 have signed a tentative agreement on a new firefighters union contract.

The contract will be reviewed by union members for 14 days prior to a vote.

If adopted by the union, the contract will go into effect on Oct. 1.

“We as the firefighters’ union would like to thank all the residents who have shown their support throughout this process,” said Eric Williamson, secretary of Local 4770.

The three-year contract would boost starting pay for firefighters as follows:

• EMTs  – $36,000, an 8 percent increase

• Paramedics    $48,500, an 11 percent increase

• Lieutenants – $56,000, a 10.8 percent increase

The offer includes a 3 percent pay increase, each year during the life of the contract.

The proposed package includes incentives for longevity.

Those with the Villages Public Safety Department for four to eight years would see an additional increase of 2.5 percent. Those with longer service with the department will seen an additional 5.5 percent pay increase.