Bottoms Announces Most Significant Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Compensation Raises in 15 Years

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the most significant pay raises for Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) personnel in 15 years. Joined by AFRD Chief Randall Slaughter, Mayor Bottoms unveiled a $15.6 million plan to further increase base pay for the City’s sworn firefighters in AFRD over the next three and a half years.

“As first responders, Atlanta’s firefighters are on the front lines of danger each and every day. When an independent study confirmed they were underpaid, it was this Administration’s duty to respond in the urgent and meaningful manner they deserve,” said Mayor Bottoms. “With this significant investment, our compensation will be competitive to support and enhance AFRD’s recruitment and retention rates.”

With the $15.6 million investment and 3.1% raises included in the Administration’s last two budgets, the actions represent a 25% increase in base pay for Atlanta’s firefighters—all without raising taxes.

“This is a historic day. The pay increase highlights the dedication and attention that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has shown not just to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, but to all public safety entities in Atlanta,” said AFRD Chief Randall Slaughter. “AFRD personnel work tirelessly to protect this great city and are grateful for the Administration’s work to get this done.”

The plan calls for the raises to reflect in AFRD paychecks by January 31, 2020, with the increases backdated to January 1, 2020.
Similar to the historic Atlanta Police Department raises implemented just a year ago, a combination of budget reprioritization, re-purposing of one-time items and baseline revenues will fund AFRD’s raises.

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