The agreement ratified between Kelowna City Council and Local 953 of the International Association of Firefighters is intended to allow for annual wage increases and sustainable work stability. “This agreement provides for improvements for our employees who have been without agreement since 2012 and we have also reached agreement on a new contractual language that will help the city significantly reduce the cost of overtime and shipping services,” said Kelowna City Negotiator Stu Leatherdale, Divisional Director of Human Resources and Corporate Performance. “We welcome this long-term agreement that allows our members to fairly improve their salaries and performance,” said Dennis Miller, President of IAFF Local 953. The seven-year contracts cover the period from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2019. The contract provides for an annual increase of 2.5% in fire, training and extinguishing personnel and an annual increase of 1.25 per cent for new seconded and administrative workers. The City of Kelowna and local firefighters signed a new seven-year collective agreement on Monday.