- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A union representing Detroit firefighters and the city reached a tentative agreement on a new 5-year contract that includes training to improve medical care at the scenes of emergencies.

The city on Thursday announced the agreement with the Detroit Fire Fighters Association. Firefighters will be trained to perform medical first responder work to more quickly provide initial medical care until EMS units arrive.

Union President Jeff Pegg says a pay raise and benefit improvements came following a joint effort that “identified savings” in the city’s budget.

Mayor Mike Duggan says both sides “came together to make sure our firefighters are treated fairly.” The agreement is subject to union ratification. News of the agreement follows word this week that the Detroit Police Officers Association and the city finalized a 5-year contract.

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