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Bryan Fire Department Adding Firefighters

The Bryan City Council recently endorsed adding 33 firefighters over the next ten years.

That will bring the minimum staffing level to four firefighters on each fire engine and ladder truck.

Six new firefighters are part of next year’s city budget. The expansion also includes staffing each Battalion Chief with an aide.

Asked on WTAW’s The Infomaniacs why take ten years to complete the expansion, Councilman Chuck Konderla says it’s too expensive. He said it would cost $2 million dollars, which works out to a seven percent increase in the property tax levy.

Fire Chief Randy McGregor says the department will also pursue grant funding to help pay for the expansion.

Officials say a handful of cities in Texas have four firefighters per truck. The list includes Galveston, Baytown, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.

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Posted by on Jul 18 2013. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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