Fire station staffing will depend on new property appraisals: Gulf Stream, Delray Beach

Delray Beach Commissioners will determine if they can fully staff Fire Station No. 2 this fiscal year after reviewing county Property Appraiser’s figures, due in on June 1, Mayor McDuffie said at a special commissioners meeting in May. The Commissioners won’t reveal until then how much Gulf Stream would pay for fire services under a new contract.
The meeting was held after a temporary staffing change at Fire Station No. 2, which serves the coastal area including Gulf Stream, transferring two paramedics to the fire engine. The rescue transport would not run, and Gulf Stream would be served by the nearest available rescue transport. The temporary staff change was made to insure safety of the firefighter’s on the understaffed fire engine.
At its April meeting, Gulf Stream commissioners had approved a new 10-year contract for fire and emergency services with Delray Beach for $229,000 annually, up about 41 percent from the previous contract. Mayor Woodie McDuffie said it was unfortunate that the process had been done backwards – that Delray Beach failed to review the contract before sending it to Gulf Stream.
--Margie Plunkett

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