The following represents a brief overview of the benefits you can expect to receive as a firefighter with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department under current collective bargaining agreements.
56 hour week (24-hours on/48-hours off =122 shift days/year) $2,782/month $33,384/year
Automatic step raise
Each year on the date of employment for the first four years and then every other year thereafter until year 14 when it becomes yearly again until year 17.
From firefighter to engineer to lieutenant to captain to district chief. There is a 15 percent pay differential between each rank. Each Engine, Ladder, and Rescue has an officer in charge daily- either a lieutenant or captain.
Each 5 years of employment gains $25/month $300/year.
Florida State Certified EMT $100/month $1,200/year.
Florida State Certified Paramedic $450/month $5,400/year
City Education Incentive Pay
30 semester hours, 12 must be fire-related courses $100/month $1200/year
60 semester hours, 18 must be fire-related and an A.S. or A.A. degree $200/month $2,400/year
State Education Incentive Pay (Bureau of Fire Standards)
A.S. or A.A. degree in an approved degree program with 18 hours of fire-related courses $50/month $600/year
B.S. or B.A. degree in an approved degree program with 18 hours of fire-related courses $110/month $1,320/year
Must complete approved course with a 'C' or better to be reimbursed for tuition cost
Cleaning and Meal Allowance
Uniform cleaning and meal subsidy $244/quarter $976/year
Personal Leave (Vacation and Sick Leave)
20 days/year (one day equals 12 hours of shift)
12 days/year (one day equals 12 hours of shift)
Jacksonville Police and Fire pension Fund
May vest after 5 years, NO AGE RESTRICTIONS TO RETIRE
May retire after 20 years service at 60 percent of pay (last 2 years averaged)
2 percent multiplier/yr after 20 years to 80 percent of pay (MAXIMUM) at 30 years
3 percent COLA (cost of living adjustment) each year after retirement
DROP(Deferred Retirement Option Plan)
Widow/ Widower receives 75 percent of the deceased's pension
On-job injury expenses are covered by the city
New employees receive coverage starting the first month after 55 days of active full time employment
Dependant coverage available
May choose plan from several vendors approved by the city
A policy equal to the employee's annual salary is paid by the city, additional coverage available
Uniforms and Protective Gear
Uniforms and turnout gear are provided by the city
Death in the line of duty
State of Florida: $75,000 up to a possible $125,000
Federal Government: $138,461