Our Local Firefighters are at an impasse with the city over retirement benefits and it is the Local Firefighters Union goal to have retirement benefits reinstated that were removed in 2012.
Titusville's retirement package is one of the lowest in the state. Currently, there are 54 employees, including firefighters, staff, dispatchers, etc., that work for Titusville Fire Department. Of those 54 employees, 47 of them have been hired in the past 7 years. Firefighters are joining & training at TFD, then moving on to different Fire Departments due to the lack of benefits the City of Titusville currently offers the Titusville Fire Department.
Currently 33% of Titusville’s firefighters have less than 5 years on the job, and still more experienced employees are actively seeking employment with other departments that have better benefits. We want to keep our dedicated, experienced firefighters in our neighborhood firehouses. Titusville families shouldn’t be practice for other departments.
In Florida alone 84% of Fire/police pensions have a 3% multiplier for each credited year of service. TFD's was changed to 2.5% back in 2012, and remains there today. TFD's union recognized that there was a problem, and offered several solutions during negotiations for attempted cost effective resolution. The city continued to decline any offers for negotiating benefit improvements, even with our final offer before impasse of contributing an additional 2.5% of our pay to offset the cost to the city of going back to a 3% multiplier.
Our current proposal that we will be taking before city council at the impasse hearing remains: the increase in member contributions to offset a 3% multiplier. If approved, the city will enjoy significant cost savings starting year one and will continue saving each year thereafter.
A majority of fire trucks that you see have at least one paramedic on board. The majority of fire trucks also have the same EMS equipment as most ambulances. This means, if a fire truck shows on scene first, the crew can immediately tend to the patient's needs prior to an ambulance showing up.
The Titusville Fire Department is asking that our friends, family, and neighbors come out to Titusville City Hall on Oct. 17 at 5:30 to support them in this fight !!
If you do plan on coming, we are asking everyone to wear a yellow shirt. We are purchasing shirts, however it is while supplies last. Thank you for your continued support for the Titusville Fire Department and we hope to see you there.