Nova Scotia's paramedics will spend the next few days considering a tentative contract being recommended by their union that would prevent a possible strike .

The paramedics, represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 727, were in a legal strike position Saturday. The air and ground paramedics in the province have been without a contract for more than two years.

A deal was worked out between the paramedic's union and their employer, Emergency Medical Care Inc.

Terry Chapman, the union's business manager, said the agreement was reached Saturday around 6:15 p.m.

Chapman said the contract offer includes a defined pension plan similar to those offered to other health care workers in the province.

He said it's a first for paramedics.

"It is significant, and even looking across the country today the amount of people through other processes that aren't afforded this pension plan is growing and this, for the long term, is a secure offer to the paramedics of this province that will benefit them greatly when the time comes when their career ends," he said.

Chapman said there were some wage "adjustments" but he said the union did not make "concessions" on wages.

Emergency Medical Care isn't commenting on the details of the tentative deal.

Paramedics are expected to vote on the contract within 10 days.