The city of Marysville will hold a swearing-in ceremony for nine new full-time firefighters at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Decker 271 fire station, 16300 County Home Road.
The ceremony is open to the public.
The new hires were part of the plan when the city decided to build a new fire station on County Home Road. Marysville Fire Chief Jay Riley said the nine new hires are needed in order to operate the station.
“They were always part of the proposal to the community when the income tax initiative was proposed (in 2009),” Riley said.
The swearing-in on July 9 is ceremonial. Most of the new firefighters started work during the last week of June, with the final one starting July 1.
The city currently employs 51 firefighters: 36 full time and 15 part time. The additional firefighters are going to increase operating costs for the fire department by $925,000 a year for salaries and benefits, he said.
“We are still looking to hire six more part-time firefighters in the coming weeks,” Riley said.
According to Riley, the Marysville Fire Division responds to more than 3,000 calls for service annually.
“In the past, we have been unable to respond to emergency calls for service that occur simultaneously,” he said. “We relied on mutual aid, or had long response times. With the additional station and staff, we are improving response time, service capabilities and ability to provide the services our community expects and deserves from us.”
Nearly 80 percent of the fire department’s calls are for emergency medical service, he said.
“Each of our new firefighters is also a paramedic, raising the number of paramedics the fire division has and can utilize to provide advanced medical care,” Riley said.
Mayor John Gore proposed the Municipal Services Complex to city council last April. Construction is expected to be completed in November.
The plan to finance the $7 million building includes using $2.3 million from the city’s general fund and borrowing $3.5 million. The goal is to have the note paid off as quickly as possible, within five to seven years.
When the fire station at the municipal services complex is finished, there will be a minimum of three firefighters stationed there and seven at the Decker Station on County Home Road.