Bloomington Firefighters: Low Wages, Staffing Shortages Imperil Public Safety

Bloomington firefighters say low pay has led to an exodus of long-term colleagues, which has caused staffing shortages, unmanned equipment, increased response times and has undermined public safety.

While the administration of Mayor John Hamilton has given firefighters a 3% pay boost over the contractually obligated 2% raise, firefighter union leaders said the increase is not nearly enough to make up for small pay bumps the firefighters received during the pandemic. In fact, they said, colleagues in the county and smaller cities, including Ellettsville, earn thousands of dollars more per year.

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