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Mayor Andre Dickens pledges pay increase to Atlanta firefighters

Gené Hunter
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(ATLANTA, Ga.) Mayor Andre Dickens spoke with a group of firefighters at their Bravest event on Wednesday morning.

Dickens pledged a pay increase to the group citing his first budget proposal which included an increase for firefighters in the city.

The pay increase pledge comes after Union President Nate Bailey spoke with FOX5 News about “dangerously low” staffing, firefighters working up to 48 hours and a pay discrepancy between fire departments in suburban areas and fire departments in the metro area.

According to FOX5, Bailey said a number of the suburban fire departments pay their veteran firefighters more than $70,000 annually. In Atlanta, the top salary is only $55,000.

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