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Canandaigua Town Board commits to more firefighters

Although the city and town are awaiting word on the status of a grant that would bolster the roster of nine paid Canandaigua city firefighters, it appears as though a 10th firefighter will be hired by Oct. 1 — no matter what.

The Town Board is now officially on board with the bulk of the 26 recommendations that arose from a recent study of fire service — including upping a town fire service contract with the city from $400,000 to $500,000, which would lead to the hiring of two additional firefighters by Feb. 1, 2019.

The board voted 4-0 on Monday night to acknowledge the implementation strategy of those recommendations, which includes authorizing Town Manager Doug Finch to negotiate a fire service contract with the city that includes the funding for more firefighters.

In about a month, members of the Town Board will be taking their first look at a proposed spending plan for 2019.

Overall, the town is delighted to partner with the city on this, Supervisor Greg Westbrook said.

“We think we’ve got a pretty good solutions set,” Westbrook said.

The town and city split the $50,000 cost of a study of how fire service is delivered. The report, completed by the Center for Public Safety Management, was unveiled publicly July 31 and called for more paid staff because the current staffing was “substandard” and unsafe.

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