The city of Kokomo and the International Association
of Firefighters Local 396 have reached an agreement on a three-year
contract, the city said Friday.
“We appreciate the women and men of the firefighters local working with
us to reach a mutually fair and equitable agreement, and look forward
to three more years of cooperative effort and focus on serving the
taxpayers,” Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight said.
Local 396 President Rick Daily called it a good contract negotiation,
and said he was especially pleased the firefighters union received its
first pay increase in several years. The city was able to pay for the
wage increase by shifting some of the current benefits, said Kathy
Horton, director of human resources and member of the city’s bargaining
“Everybody’s pretty pleased with what transpired,” Daily said. “We’ve
all been doing our part over the years, helping the city and helping
our taxpayers. My negotiating team did an outstanding job, and I
just want to applaud them for what they did, along with the city’s
The three-year contract runs from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017.
Details of the contract have not yet been released.