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February 28, 2019: San Diego to add 220 Firefighters
Updated On: Aug 13, 2019

San Diego Plans To Add 220 Firefighters And Shrink Ballooning Overtime Costs

San Diego is planning a firefighter hiring spree to shrink ballooning overtime costs that are creating budget problems at City Hall. The city’s goal is to increase the number of firefighters from about 900 to more than 1,100 over the next five years. That may be a challenge, with retirements on the rise and more firefighters leaving for other agencies with higher pay, a union leader said. About half of the 220 additional firefighters will be needed to staff five new fire stations scheduled to begin operations within the next five years and to staff six new roving fire engines... 
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