After years of negotiations, the City of Edmonton reached a new contract agreement with the Fire Fighters Union.

Negotiations began in late 2010, said the city’s director of labour relations Pamela Kirkwood. A deal was finally reached at 9 p.m. on Friday.  

Kirkwood said negotiations were “difficult” at times, with debates around wages being the most significant obstacle.

The new contract covers a six-year period from 2011 until the end of 2016 and includes wage increases of 3.6 per cent in 2011, and increases between 2-3 per cent each subsequent year. 

“We’re pleased to reach an agreement with the Edmonton Fire Fighters Union,” said Kirkwood in a news release.

The Edmonton Fire Fighters Union is an affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters and represents more than 1,000 members, including dispatchers, investigators and firefighters.