The Surprise Fire-Medical Department was awarded eight new firefighters through a federal grant. This newly-awarded grant pays for the majority of the training costs and salaries for a period of two years and a little less than half of the costs for a third year.
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In addition to the eight federally funded firefighters, five new firefighters were funded through the city’s current budget. All 13 firefighters will have graduated from the fire academy and completed training by June of 2020 – making them tentatively available to staff Engine 305 at Greenway Road and Parkview Place. Twelve of those positions will eventually be assigned to the new Fire Station 308 when it opens in late 2021 or early 2022 in the city’s southeast section. Discussions regarding the planning for an ongoing full-time Engine 305 will be part of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget process, which begins in November.
Public Safety has been, and will remain, the number one priority for the City Manager, Fire-Medical Chief and Fire Association.
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