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Federal grant helps Palo Alto bring back firefighter positions

Original post made on Oct 26, 2021

After slashing five firefighter positions because of budget challenges last year, Palo Alto is now preparing to revive them thanks to a federal grant.

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Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 26, 2021 at 11:22 am

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This is excellent news. As the fire season grows the demands on our fire personnel intensifies. Kudos to the city for crafting the successful grant. Now hire firefighters within the 180 day window.

Posted by tmp
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 26, 2021 at 12:46 pm

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It is past time to make firefighters actually show up and work in shifts just like police officers. It is crazy to pay these people to sleep, shop and eat while on the job. No one else gets such perks these days.

They should work a shift that is filled with duties that include fire fighting, but since it rarely happens they should have other civic duties to preform. I'm sure the city manager and staff can find paper work, inspection duties, compliance issues and many things they could help with. It is already difficult for residents to get the city to respond, how about we let the rarely working fire fighters help out.

They also seem to mostly provide an ambulance service. A job that can be easily outsourced to companies that also pay people to work a real shift and not eat and sleep on the job.

Posted by Local Resident
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 26, 2021 at 3:31 pm

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Maybe they can hire a few EMTs to help fill the positions quickly and send them to the Firefighters academy?

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