Beaver Dam Fire Department Secures Three-Year Union Contract

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council on Monday signed-off on a three-year contract with the union representing the fire department. The contract, which is retroactive, includes a two-percent increase for 2016 and a two-percent increase for 2017. This year, firefighters will see a one-percent increase along with a two-percent increase through the end of September followed by another one-percent in the final quarter of this year. In addition, firefighters will see a seven-cent per hour increase meant to offset their higher health insurance costs. Their health insurance contribution will increase from 12-percent to 13-percent. The city’s Police and Fire Commission Tuesday night approved similar wage increases for non-represented fire personnel, which is the deputy chief and chief. Instead of an increase in hourly wage, the commission approved a salary increase for the chiefs that would give them the same pay as their counterparts in the police department. The most recent police contract was more favorable than the fire contract so starting this year the fire chief will received around $1000 extra while the deputy chief will be paid out around $2000 more.