Fire Department was establish as a fully paid fire department in 1879.
The fire department has grown with the city through the years to it's
current authorized strength of 49 uniformed fire personnel. Due to
financial constraints that struck the city a few years ago, there were
only 46 positions funded, and we maintained an authorized minimum daily
staffing of 10 persons per shift to staff 3 stations, with one of those
staffing dispatch. The current financial crisis has cost us an
additional 5 positions to layoffs, leaving us with a staff of 41
people, and a minimum daily staffing of only 9 to run 2 stations
(Station 4 was closed). We use the 3 platoon system, and work a 24
hours on and 48 hours off schedule. A Kelly Day is authorized once
every 8 weeks for a 53 hour work week.