Abbotsford – Abbotsford City Council gave approval Monday afternoon for the City to hire an additional 6 full-time firefighters and 4 full-time planning staff to improve services to the community and address additional demands on the departments.
The announcement from Mayor, Henry Braun, “Last year the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service attended more than 9,000 incidents which represents an increase of almost 50 per cent over the past 5 years.”
Council approved the firefighter positions alongside 4 additional Planning and Development staff positions in order to address the high volume of development permit requests the City is experiencing. In 2017 the City issued over 1,500 building permits with a record breaking value of $480 million.
The additional 10 positions will cost the City $510,000 for the 2018 year.