Arizona mayor commits to giving firefighters raises, more resources

  • Source: KTAR-FM Glendale
  • Published: 06/04/2019 12:00 AM

As the Phoenix population continues to increase, so do its residents’ calls for help. From 2012 to 2018, the Phoenix Fire Department saw an increase of nearly 35,000 calls, or about 100 more calls per day. Newly elected Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego is working side by side with her city’s first responders to ensure that this public safety need is met. “We are committed to having the best fire department in the country and we are continuing to make investments to allow us to do that,” Gallego told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Monday. Currently, the city of Phoenix is hiring firefighters, and Phoenix City Council is said to be making capital investments to benefit them. “This year’s budget includes investments in new fire stations as well as officers to staff them,” Gallego said. But in addition to the investments, the City Council is focused on analyzing data to find where the fire department’s resources are most badly needed.


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