Fresno, California 2021-09-13 01:15:33 –
The long-awaited support is due to the grant the department just received this week.
Almost 32,000 service requests and 5,000 fires broke out. This is what the Fresno Fire Department has been facing since the beginning of 2021.
“This fire department is a very nice group of men and women who answer the phone every day, regardless of staff level,” said Fresno Fire Chief Keri Donis.
Eighty-one firefighters work daily, working at about the same staff level as in 1980, but the newly awarded SAFER grant adds 42 recruits to the team.
“The SAFER grant pays 100% of the firefighter’s salary and allowance in three years,” Donis explained. “Give the city time to lean forward to cover the cost.”
This also raises the daily staffing level of firefighters on duty to 95.
“Move the needle to 95 is a big leap,” Donis said. “Most metro fire departments of our size have about 120-140 daily, so there’s a long way to go, but this is a big leap.”
The ministry applied for a $ 12.6 million grant earlier this year and said the additional funding could provide better service to citizens and keep firefighters safe.
“By May 2022, all 42 people will be on the field to implement more squads, more firefighters and better response times,” continued Donis.
They have already gone through the application process in first class starting in October.
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