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City of Victorville & Professional Firefighters Agree on MOU

Post Date:05/25/2022
Press Release

CITY OF VICTORVILLE & PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS AGREE ON MOU

New five-year labor contract approved unanimously by union.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2022

VICTORVILLE, Calif. – Last week, the Victorville City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with the Victorville Professional Firefighters that details rates of compensation and fringe benefits for members of the fire union for the next five years. The contract that was unanimously approved by union members, provides for the first increase in salary and benefits for Victorville firefighters since the transition to a city-run fire department was authorized in 2018.

“We are thrilled to have reached an agreement with the Victorville Professional Firefighters that will help us continue to recruit and retain top talent to serve the citizens of Victorville,” said Victorville Mayor Debra Jones. “Providing competitive salaries and benefits underscores our commitment to our firefighters and helps us provide high quality fire and emergency medical services to our growing Victorville community.”

According to the MOU, fire personnel will receive salary increases in year one as follows: 23.6 percent for firefighter paramedics, 14.5 percent for fire engineers, and 12.8 percent for fire captains. All job classifications will receive a yearly salary increase of three percent in each of the remaining four years of the contract period.

Union member health benefits were increased to match the City’s non-represented employees’ current benefit of $900 per month per employee with an additional subsidy of up to 50 percent of the total out-of-pocket cost for each employee up to $500 per month.

Because fire salaries were based on 2018 data, the City used a third-party salary study of similar fire departments to determine new compensation levels.

“This agreement recognizes the need to properly compensate the hardworking men and women of our fire department and it memorializes our ability as a city to do so,” said Victorville City Manager Keith C. Metzler. “A tremendous amount of work from the City and the fire union went into this effort, and I’d like to acknowledge in particular Deputy City Manager Sophie Smith who served as the City’s chief negotiator and VPF President Marcus Lynch for their outstanding efforts in bringing our organizations together.”

The history of the Victorville Fire Department dates back to 1926 when the Victorville County Fire Protection District was established. In 1930, the Victorville Volunteer Fire Department was created. In 1976, approximately 14 years after Victorville was incorporated, control of the Victorville Fire Protection District was assumed by the City of Victorville. In March 2019, the City of Victorville re-established its Fire Department after contracting fire services for 10 years.

Located in Southern California at the high-point between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Victorville is the leading city for both industry and retail in the High Desert region. Victorville is a growing, vibrant community that is home to approximately 135,000 residents and some of the area’s largest employers. Clean air, abundant mountain vistas, family-friendly recreational activities, spectacular sunsets and breathtaking night skies entice locals and visitors alike to fall in love with this city that is within a few hours of SoCal beaches, National Parks, mountain retreats, other major attractions. Ontario International Airport is less than an hour away. More information about the City of Victorville is available at VictorvilleCA.gov.

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Contact: Sue Jones, Public Information Officer

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