In an effort to improve response time and supervision, the plans to add three paid fire captain positions to the by mid-August, Sierra Madre City Manager Elaine Aguilar told Patch.
Fire captains in Sierra Madre are currently unpaid, but these three full-time positions would each pay $130,000 per year including benefits, according to Elisa Weaver, the City’s Public Information Officer.
Since the positions of paramedic coordinator and fire marshal will be eliminated, the fire captain additions would equate to one additional full-time employee as opposed to three, said Aguilar.
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While response times are already fairly quick due to Sierra Madre’s small size, the City wants to improve fire department response times by as much as two minutes, said Weaver.
The City hopes to hire the three full-time paid captains by August 12.
Do you think the Sierra Madre Fire Department needs three full-time paid captains? Do you think they need to improve response time?