Firefighters did receive a 3.1 percent raise in the city’s 2020 budget but that amount is dwarfed by the 30 percent raises for police officers that Bottoms announced last year.
The city agreed to the police raises after a study found that Atlanta Police are paid below the median amounts at almost every level and rank.
The Fire Foundation hired the same firm that studied police pay to conduct a similar review of firefighters’ compensation. That report was released in May. It found that base pay ranges were below the overall market and hurt the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s ability to attract and retain talented firefighters.