South End & North End To Get New Firefighters
Nine New West Palm Beach Firefighters About To Hit the Streets
February 13, 2014
(West Palm Beach, FL) – An increase in service and a decrease in response time. Those are two of the anticipated benefits to residents on opposite sides of the City of West Palm Beach.
Within the next few weeks, nine new firefighters are scheduled to begin training and their assignments will take them to stations serving the South End as well as the North End.
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Last year federal grant funding allowed the city to increase staffing at its two busiest stations. Now, with the addition of nine new firefighters the city can increase the numbers at additional stations, including the ones serving the northern and southern ends of the city.
“We found when we added back these positions in the other two zones that we were available in that zone more often,” said West Palm Beach Fire Chief Carlos Cabrera. The nine positions can cut response times by approximately three minutes if it avoids having to respond to a call from a neighboring zone.
The nine new firefighters will be working out of stations two and three. Station two serves the neighborhoods from the southern city limit up to Belvedere Road. Station three serves the area from the northern city limit down to 26th street.
The new firefighters will begin work within the next two weeks.