MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — As the city of Houston grapples with its first round of firefighter layoffs, the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department appears ready to welcome applicants to the port city.
Monday a post appeared on MFRD’s Facebook Page with a graphic saying “Hey, Houston Firefighters, let’s talk.” The post appears to be a reaction to firefighter cadet layoffs announced last week. Published reports say this is the first in a series of Houston firefighter layoffs to fund a firefighter pay raise passed by voters last year.
Since Saturday, MFRD pinned a post to the top of their page listing starting salaries for qualified applicants. The fire chief says they have openings for 15 firefighters.
“This job is a brotherhood, that’s what it’s supposed to be and when they’re down on their luck, when they have a situation where they’re losing their jobs and we’re looking for firefighters it’s a natural fit,” said MFRD Chief Mark Sealy. Houston firefighters might have a pay cut in Mobile. According to salary data from Mobile and Houston, a first-year Houston Firefighter could make up to 18% less starting in Mobile based on the lowest salary MFRD is advertising.