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Fire Rescue Benefits

Certified Fire Rescue Employee Benefits

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Starting Salaries

Firefighter EMT  

$ 23.5685/hour 

Approx. $58,827.08/year

Firefighter Paramedic 

$28.0120/ hour 

Approx. $69,917.94/year

Health and Supplemental Benefits

Pay for Performance Annual Step Increases

Employees meeting the Town’s Pay for Performance guidelines may be eligible to receive an annual Step Increase.

Performance Bonus Program

Employees may be eligible for an annual performance bonus based on job performance. The maximum amount payable is $6,000. Employees become eligible for the performance bonus payment on December 1, following five years of employment with the Town.

Paid Time Off

1 to 4 years of employment - 268 hours 5 to 9 years of employment - 292 hours 10 to 14 years of employment - 316 hours 15 and more years - 364 hours. Employees receive 36 hours personal time per calendar year and 12 hours for a floating holiday per calendar year.

Sick & Bereavement Leave

96 hours sick leave per year, accrued on a pay-period basis. Forty-eight (48) hours per calendar year may be used for illness of an immediate family member.3 days for an in-state funeral, 5 days for out of state (immediate family).

Military Leave

Active military service leave of absence not to exceed one year and will receive full pay from the Town for the first 30 days of active duty in a calendar year. Annual active duty for training leave compensated by the Town at regular pay not to exceed 240 working hours per year.

Education Incentive Program & Credit Union

Employees are eligible after one year of service. Reimbursement for tuition based upon grade received. Reimbursement is limited to the current tuition charged by either Palm Beach State College for similar state college programs or Florida Atlantic University for similar university programs. Credit Union offers several benefits to include savings accounts and loan eligibility after 12 months of employment.

24-hour Fitness Center

The fitness center is located on the first floor of the central Fire Station across the street from Town Hall. The gym provides standard set of equipment including treadmills, stationery bikes, etc. Weight machines are also available.

Health Benefits

Two open access network plan options available that include in and out-of-network coverage. New employees are eligible on the first of the month following the date of hire. Prescription plans are also offered. Reduced premiums are available for those employees who participate in the Town’s wellness program. Telehealth, Dental Vision, Flexible Spending and Domestic partner coverage on all medical, dental and vision plans.

Employee Assistance Program

100% employer paid, confidential counseling sessions to assist employees and their families with personal and work-life issues such as marital problems, parent-child conflicts and substance abuse. In addition, other resources such as legal support, financial planning and various work-life solutions are available. Work-life solutions include child and elder care, moving, pet care, college planning, home repair, buying a car, planning an event, selling a house and more.

Basic Life Benefits

Basic life and AD&D at no cost to the employee. Life insurance is provided in the amount of one times the employee’s annual gross earnings, rounded to the next higher $1,000, up to $100,000. The Town will supplement the insurance payout in the event the employee earnings do not equal $100,000, providing the employee’s beneficiary at least $100,000 of coverage

Supplemental Life Benefits

Supplemental term life for employee, spouse and eligible dependents are also available. Enrollment includes access to resources such as Travel Assistance, Legal Financial & Grief Counseling, Legacy Planning and Beneficiary Financial Counseling.

Short Term Disability Benefits

Provides a benefit of 66.67% of employee's weekly earnings up to a benefit maximum of 1,000 per week. The benefit begins on the 15th day after the employee is disabled due to non-work related injury or illness. The maximum benefit period is 24 weeks.

Retirement Benefits

Retirement Plan

The Town offers a defined benefit plan for Certified Firefighter. Benefits include an average final compensation multiplied by 2.75% for each year of credited service. Certified Fire employees working more than 1850 hours per fiscal year are required to contribute 8.5% of wages each fiscal year. The Town funds the defined benefit plan based on recommendations made within the annual actuarial valuation. The retirement system requires a minimum of ten years vesting to become eligible for benefits. Additional details regarding retirement benefits are outlined in the Town Code of Ordinances and the summary annual reports that are made available to all employees and the public on the internet on an annual basis.

 Retirement Health Savings Plan (RHSP) 

Eligible Town employees will make a 1% payroll deduction into the RHSP health benefit savings plan. The plan allows an employee to accumulate money to pay for medical expenses for him/herself, spouse and/or dependents (e.g., health insurance and prescription expenses) upon separation or retirement on a tax-free basis. The contribution amount increases to 2% for those with 10 or more years of service. Upon separation of employment and/or retirement 50% of eligible sick leave hours will be contributed to the employees’ RHSP account. 

Optional 457 Deferred Compensation Savings Plan 

An optional 457 tax deferred savings plan and Roth IRA offered through MissionSquare are available. These provides for long-term savings plan with a variety of investment options available for employees to elect voluntarily at any time during their employment.