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Salary and Benefits

Salary

Firefighter I

Trial period and developmental hourly position, where you will be closely evaluated to ensure you have the required knowledge, skill, ability and attitude of a Lenexa firefighter. Development is provided in your first two years to prepare you to become at least a Firefighter II.

Annual salary: Firefighter/EMT - $40,238
  Firefighter/Paramedic - $44,261

Firefighter II

Skilled, hourly career position, where you will work as an EMT-basic and/or fire pumper operator. Eligible for promotion to Master Firefighter or Fire Medic when you can accomplish the skills listed in either job description.

Annual salary: $43,596-$63,506

Master Firefighter

Highly skilled, hourly career position. Requires education (A.A. in fire science) and instructor credentials (NFPA 1041 Instructor Level I) to teach, coach and mentor other firefighters in professional development, and the public in fire and injury prevention.

Annual salary: $51,471-$75,452

Fire Medic

Highly skilled, hourly career position. Requires advanced emergency medical care training (minimum of EMT-I/D or EMT-P and BTLS) and instructor credentials (NFPA 1041 Instructor Level I, AHA CPR Instructor) to teach, coach and mentor other firefighters in professional development, and the public in fire and injury prevention.

Annual salary: $51,471-$75,452

Paramedic

Highly skilled, hourly career position with responsibilities of Firefighter II and advanced emergency medical care. Requires EMT-P and BTLS certifications and instructor credentials (NFPA 1041 Instructor Level I, AHA CPR Instructor) to teach, coach and mentor other firefighters in professional development, and the public in fire and injury prevention.

Annual salary: $55,996-$82,242

Fire Lieutenant

Supervisory position overseeing a single unit emergency medical response team. Requires three years of service with the Lenexa Fire Department, current Master Firefighter or Fire Medic in good standing, Fire Apparatus Operator certification, IFSAC Firefighter I and II certification and Hazardous Materials First Responder-Operations certification.

Annual salary: $60,997-$90,466


Benefits 

Health, dental, prescription and vision insurance 
Employees are offered two medical and dental plans: Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) or Qualified High-Deductible (QDHP), with three options for coverage: employee only, employee plus one, or family. Coverage begins the first day of the calendar month following the date of employment. 

Kansas Police and Fire Retirement System (KP&F)
Firefighters are members the first day of hire. Vesting is based on 15 years of service. This plan also includes long-term disability benefits, a KP&F death benefit and the optional additional term life insurance.  

City of Lenexa supplemental retirement plan 
The city contributes 4 percent of each employee’s annual salary into an employer-funded 401(a) plan. We may also contribute up to an additional two percent into this account, based on your participation in the 457 deferred compensation program. The optional 457 plan allows employees to contribute to a pre-tax retirement account through payroll deduction.  

Term life insurance  Each employee is covered by a term life insurance policy in the amount their annual salary.    

Short-term disability coverage 
Employees who are off work because of illness or non-work related injuries may be eligible to receive 60 percent of their salary through the city’s short term disability plan.  
 
Employee assistance program 
Short term, crisis counseling is available at no charge to all employees and immediate family members.  
 
Employee wellness program 
Annual wellness benefits are funded by the city, with some specific benefits due to the nature of firefighting. Participation in the wellness program provides a discount on health insurance premiums.  
 
Educational expense reimbursement program 
The city will reimburse employees for tuition and books up to $3,500 annually for department-approved, work-related college courses.  
 
Voluntary payroll deductions 
Medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or a Health Savings Account (HSA), deferred compensation, local bank savings accounts and United Way deductions can be authorized.  
 
Holidays
Nine paid holidays per year and one personal holiday per year.
 
Vacation 
Leave is accrued at 4.31 hours bi-weekly, for an accumulation of 112.06 hours in the first year. The leave accumulation rate increases based on years of service.  
 
Sick leave 
Sick leave is accrued at 5.17 hours bi-weekly.  
 
Recreational discounts 
Full-time employees receive 20-percent discounts on all city recreational programs, including summer pool passes.