Bemidji Fire has numerous paid-on-call firefighter vacancies

In an update from Bemidji Fire Chief Justin Sherwood, staffing continues to be a concern.

The department now has 11 paid-on-call member vacancies with the potential to have a few more by the end of the year.

Sherwood believes that the city and its rural fire partners need to consider adding more firefighters.

A SAFER grant, he says, would pay 100 percent of a firefighter’s wage for three years.

The BFD recently received its preliminary ISO rating for 2023, the data will be reviewed and the results discussed in a future meeting.

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