The Villages, firefighters’ union reach tentative agreement on three-year contract


The Village Center Community Development District and representatives of the Professional Firefighters of The Villages, IAFF 4770 have signed a tentative agreement on a new firefighters union contract.

The contract will be reviewed by union members for 14 days prior to a vote.

If adopted by the union, the contract will go into effect on Oct. 1.

“We as the firefighters’ union would like to thank all the residents who have shown their support throughout this process,” said Eric Williamson, secretary of Local 4770.

The three-year contract would boost starting pay for firefighters as follows:

• EMTs  – $36,000, an 8 percent increase

• Paramedics    $48,500, an 11 percent increase

• Lieutenants – $56,000, a 10.8 percent increase

The offer includes a 3 percent pay increase, each year during the life of the contract.

The proposed package includes incentives for longevity.

Those with the Villages Public Safety Department for four to eight years would see an additional increase of 2.5 percent. Those with longer service with the department will seen an additional 5.5 percent pay increase.



  1. Now we just have to make sure that the money that we villages pay for fire service stays in the villages. You know, not taken by sumter county so they can build their fire department while ours can’t!

  2. It’s a good start on providing them what they have earned and deserve.
    In a retirement community full of seniors, with all kinds of issues, they are more often than not the difference between life and death. Thank you for all you do.

  3. I was told at a Welcome Wednesday meeting weeks ago that the three-person staffing had been agreed to during earlier negotiations.
    As a note, I find that attending Welcome Wednesday news and information events shed lots of light on ongoing matters like this.