The fire department will be at full staffing levels by July, with five fire fighter candidates scheduled to attend a recruit class.
“Once we get those five people on board we will be at maximum staffing," said Fire Chief James Fortin at a Finance Committee meeting Monday. “By July first we will be at the maximum level.”
Bringing up that staffing level, and thus cutting the reliance on overtime, has been a goal of Mayor Arthur Vigeant. The mayor also made the same push to fill staffing openings with the Police Department in order to bring back community policing.
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The summer is the busy season for the department that has spent roughly 64 percent of its overtime budget, reported Chief Fortin. This spending comes at roughly half way through the fiscal year, which begins in July.