Less than a month after the Chula Vista City Council adopts a new budget, the city has announced it's recruiting 15 firefighters for the Fall 2017 Fire Academy.
The firefighters union has been calling for more hands on deck. For six years, the Chula Vista Fire Department (CVFD) has consistently failed to meet the national response time goal.
According to the Chula Vista Firefighters Local 2180, the department has the worst emergency response times in the state of California.
The union had requested the City Council to add 24 additional firefighters.
On June 6, the council approved adding an additional 12 firefighters, saying the budget could not accommodate the number requested by the union.
The city announced Monday 15 firefighters will be recruited for the fall academy.
According to the city, some of the positions will be funded by the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant.
Two additional fire stations will also be expanded as a result of a planned development in the eastern and western parts of Chula Vista.
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In order to be considered for the Fire Recruit position, applicants must be on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) Statewide Eligibility List.