Cincinnati Fire Department gets much needed relief, hiring 42 new recruits

a a a a
Share this story

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Fire Department will soon get some much needed firefighters to help with its shortage.

The department will hire 42 new recruits who are currently training to join the department in the Spring.

Thanks to a Federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from FEMA, the new recruits will undergo 6 months of intensive training in fire fighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, and a myriad of other topics related to the job.

“We had retirements and we didn’t have funding to hire the firefighters to replace them. It’s the SAFER grant that helped us with class 111 and it’s the component that’s helping us with class 112,” says Engine 2 Fire Capt. Sherman Smith.

Class 112 is the largest the department has seen in several years and has one of the largest female recruits in recent history.

The Cincinnati Fire Department is approximately 100 short of optimal staffing levels and an additional 40 retirements are expected by the end of 2014.

Overtime costs are expected to drop as new recruits join the department.  The department’s overtime more than tripled to $2.3 million in 2012 because of staffing issues. Captain Smith says this recruitment class is from all over the Tri-State.

“The large part about taking people from the community is they sort of understand what the needs are. They are serving their family members, their aunts and uncles and that sort of thing.  It really makes a difference.”

The new recruits are slated to graduate at the end of March.
 

Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More Local News
Three primetime games for Cincinnati
Three primetime games for Cincinnati

Bengals will battle Steelers down the stretch twice

5 arrested in Middletown heroin, cocaine bust
5 arrested in Middletown heroin, cocaine bust

Five months of investigating led police to make a drug bust and arrest five people in Middletown on Wednesday.

4 hits, 6 steals take Reds past Pirates 5 - 2
4 hits, 6 steals take Reds past Pirates 5 - 2

Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning despite erratic control, Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game and the…

Tri-State woman saves two lives in one day
Tri-State woman saves two lives in one day

Newport officials honored a Tri-State woman for saving two lives at different times in one day.

Cincinnati Bengals 2014 schedule is here!
Cincinnati Bengals 2014 schedule is here!

Are you ready for some football? The 2014 Bengals full schedule is now here!  

Councilman Smitherman under fire at meeting
Councilman Smitherman under fire at meeting

Black community members from across Cincinnati teamed together at Wednesday's City Council meeting against Councilman…

WATCH: Glimpse of 'Carol' hard to come by
WATCH: Glimpse of 'Carol' hard to come by

As many Cincinnatians have realized, it's nearly impossible to grab a glimpse of the making of 'Carol,' but WCPO’s Tony…

Reds add big moments to Wrigley's 100 years
Reds add big moments to Wrigley's 100 years

As baseball fans celebrated the 100 th birthday of Wrigley Field, three Reds greats must have been smiling.

Clock is ticking on bike path
Clock is ticking on bike path

Several Cincinnati city council members said Wednesday they felt blindsided by Mayor John Cranley’s move to freeze an approved bike…

Police: Officer solicited sex with minor, jailed
Police: Officer solicited sex with minor, jailed

A Hamilton County Justice Center corrections officer faces a single charge after authorities say he went online to try to meet and have sex…