All staff at the Notts Fire and Rescue Service will now be paid the ‘living wage’ of at least £7.52 per hour.
More and more local authorities are adopting the living wage because they say it will help reduce poverty.
The Notts and City of Nottingham Fire Authority has agreed to adopt the standard, which means the lowest salary paid in the service will now be £7.52 per hour – 33p per hour more than the statutory minimum wage.
Fire authority chairman, Cllr Darrell Pulk, said: “The authority felt that the statutory minimum wage was not enough for a decent quality of life and that all our employees should be entitled to the living wage.
“This sends a clear message that the fire service values its staff. We hope this will encourage other employers to adopt the same stance.”