Leave Time

Continuous Operation Holiday

The City offers the equivalent time off of 10 one-half shifts per year for 56-hour week firefighters.

Employees hired on or after July 1, 2004, may accumulate a maximum of 2 times the amount of such holiday leave accruable in 12-month period. Holiday leave time earned but not used, which exceeds this amount, shall be forfeited by the employee.

Employees may refer to the Merit Rules for details of payment due upon separation from the City.

Floating Holidays

Equivalent time off of 3 one-half shifts per year for 56-hour week firefighters. (NOTE: must be used during the calendar year or are lost.)

Funeral Leave

Employees may be granted up to 3 working days leave in the event of the death of an eligible relative as listed in the Merit Rules.

Jury Duty

An employee may be granted leave with pay when required to be absent from work for jury duty.

Kelly Days

48 hours per calendar year for employees on 24-hour shift schedule.

New employees on 24-hour shift schedule who start employment prior to July 1 of a calendar year will earn 48 hours for the current year; those employees starting between July 1 and December 15 earn 24 hours for the current calendar year.

Military Leave

An employee who is a member of the National Guard or any reserve component of the United States Armed Forces is eligible for a total of 120 hours leave per federal fiscal year without a reduction in pay upon furnishing the City with appropriate orders.

Pin Day

A pin day is a day off with pay based on length of service. These occur only for specific years of service. Pin days are earned on the 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, etc. year anniversaries. A pin day must be used within one year of the time it is earned.

Sick Leave

Six 24-hour shifts/144 hours (5.54 hours per pay period) accrue each year. Maximum accrual of 2,160 hours for all firefighters on a 56-hour week. Fire Department personnel on a 40-hour week earn 12 days/96 hours per year and accumulate a maximum of 1,440 hours.

Accrued sick days may be used for serious illness, injury, preventative health, or other medical needs for the employee and the employee’s spouse, children or parents.


Length of Service Annual Accruals Per Pay Period Accruals
1 year - 7 years Five 24-hour shifts (120 hours) 4.62 hours
8 years - 15 years Seven 24-hour shifts (168 hours) 6.46 hours
16 years + Ten 24-hour shifts (240 hours) 9.23 hours
NOTE: Per General Ordinance 4527, employees hired after July 10, 1995 may accumulate a maximum of two times the annual vacation rate. Vacation NOT taken will be forfeited.