A brand new class of recruits just graduated and joined the Tucson Fire Department, but even with new recruits this year TFD could still be down positions.
For the first time in four years firefighters are excited to welcome the class of new firefighters who recently graduated. 26 men and 1 woman are now out in the real world putting their skills to the test.
Four years have passed since the last class came through because of budget cuts. TFD lost more than 50 positions due to retirements and attrition. While the department has been welcoming these 27 recruits they've also been busy saying goodbye to those retiring.
Last week TFD said goodbye to three of their people and this week one more retired. More will retire this summer, leaving TFD with at least seven positions open.
These are all scheduled retirements, so the department has been expecting this. Over the next two years they are expecting 25 additional retirements.
Right now the budget for next year is in the early stages. The fire chief works closely with the city manager on this.
TFD is not currently planning on having a recruitment class next year. Despite retirements they are expecting staffing levels to carry them through.
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