Atlanta firefighters flocking to other departments

Firefighters are jumping ship because other agencies are offering them better pay and benefits


ATLANTA — The Atlanta Fire Department is losing large numbers of firefighters to other agencies that offer better pay and benefits.

WSBtv.com reported that the city is now advertising for 75 new firefighters to replace the 68 who left the department last year.

"It's easy to transition an Atlanta firefighter because we're trained so well, and there's so much investment in us," said Paul Gerdis, head of the Atlanta firefighters' union.

Fire Chief Joel Baker said he does not believe attrition is a problem and is working with the union and the mayor's office to enhance firefighter pay and benefits.

"Times are going to get better, you know? I want our members to have faith and confidence in their fire chief," Chief Baker said.

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