The Omaha fire union voted Thursday night to accept a new contract negotiated with Mayor Jean Stothert.
Steve LeClair, union president, said the tentative deal will maintain an “exemplary quality of emergency services'' in the city.
“No rigs will be taken out of service, and no fire stations will be closed,'' LeClair said in a statement.
He said the agreement also extends layoff protections to all firefighters employed as of Feb. 4.
LeClair said the union was hopeful that the contract would be approved by the City Council.
The city and the union reached the tentative deal in November after months of sparring over the Fire Department budget and after the city began issuing layoff notices to 19 firefighters hired earlier this year. The layoffs were to be effective Jan. 4.
Under the contract negotiated with Stothert, the union agreed to drop the size of next year's paramedic training program from 48 to nine people.
In exchange, Stothert agreed not to lay off any firefighters while the labor contract between the city and the union is in place.
The contract is set to expire in December 2014. The layoff protections will remain in place until a new contract is approved, or the state labor court issues an order in the absence of a new contract.
Stothert also pledged not to take any rigs out of service while the contract remains in place, with the exception of one South Omaha-based medic unit.