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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Despite not having a contract for more than two and a half years, Lake Charles Fire Fighters have continued to put out the fires. After a lot of talk and negotiation, there's now a new offer on the table.

"We feel good about it. It's a little bit of a different twist. It's not a union contract... It's a 'memorandum of understanding' and some other provisions that we think we want to be fair to our firemen because they do a tremendous job for the City of Lake Charles. We are putting some of these provisions in the personnel policy manual and we are hoping they approve it," said John Cardone, Lake Charles City Administrator.

Officials with Lake Charles Fire Fighters Union 561 tell us they didn't want to discuss the details because they have not had a chance to present it to their members. However, they did say one of they're main issues they pushed was "when" and "how" they could take vacation.

Cardone said while the latest one year proposal addresses certain benefits, it doesn't address pay increases.

"We didn't address pay and I think they understand right now the city's financial ability to give a pay raise. When we start talking pay raises, we want to give them to all of our employees - because they are all deserving of a pay increase. But that's going to be another issue down the road," said Cardone.

Union representative and District Fire Chief Chris Carroll said they are optimistic and plan to put the proposed agreement before the full union next week during a three-day voting period. If the union approves the agreement, it will have to go back before the Lake Charles City Council for final approval.

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