For the first time since 2008, the Fort Wayne Fire Department is hiring more firefighters.
Fire Chief Amy Biggs announced Monday that the department will hire 15 firefighters. Mayor Tom Henry, city council members and members of the city's Fiscal Policy Group showed up for the announcement, which is one of the first tangible payoffs from a move to raise taxes endorsed by Fort Wayne City Council last month.
“We are able to have a fire academy class that will result in more firefighters to keep our community safe,” said Henry in a release announcing the hiring. “We continue to see positive momentum in our community.”
The Fort Wayne Fire Department has not held an academy class or hired firefighters since 2008. The upcoming class will fill 15 of the nearly 40 unfilled positions and reduce overtime for current members, fire department officials said.