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Trenton Firefighters to Get Raises and Bulletproof Vests

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Trenton’s bravest will hopefully be a little safer thanks to the purchase of bullet proof vests.

According to a report by the Times of Trenton’s Cristina Rojas, the city’s EMS workers have been wearing the vests for years, but now firefighters will follow suit.

The vests are one new component in the city’s recently-negotiated deal with the firefighter’s union.

In the deal, firefighters will get 1.25% annual raises for the years 2015 through 2020.

Since 2008, Trenton Fire Department has been responding to emergency medical calls as first responders.

“It’s a benefit for the residents, but we also need to be protected,” union president Wayne Wolk told Rojas. “You never know the situation you’re going into. It’s better to be safe than run into a problem so it’s an extra level of protection for our men and women when they’re going into unknown calls.”

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