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Alachua County to hire more firefighters

Alachua County Fire Rescue is more prepared today to handle large scale disasters and catastrophic incidents thanks to the recent addition of a nearly 42-foot-long medical service ambulance bus equipped to handle mass casualty situations.
Alachua County Fire Rescue is more prepared today to handle large scale disasters and catastrophic incidents thanks to the recent addition of a nearly 42-foot-long medical service ambulance bus equipped to handle mass casualty situations.
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Updated: 12/22/2013 12:56 pm
ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. -- The fire and rescue department in Alachua County was recently awarded more than $2 million in a federal grant to hire firefighters to meet staffing needs.

The county says the money will first be used to increase staffing at their Waldo, Hawthorne and Archer stations.

Currently only two firefighters can be found on shift at any time, but that is number is expected to increase to four with the additional funding.

ACFR Deputy Chief Bill Northcutt said, "The improvements in efficiencies and safety are immeasurable. They cannot be overstated."

Both Corrine Brown and Sen. Bill Nelson were supporters of Alachua County's quest for additional funding, a press release states.
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