Mayor Sandy Stimpson introduced the city’s 30 new Fire-Rescue Department recruits, during a press conference Monday.

IMG_0084The recruits, who are the first new hires for the MFRD since 2013, were chosen from 90 applicants, Stimpson said. All 30 have basic level medic certifications and 22 of the 30 have firefighter certifications, he said.

The city will save $460,000 because the recruits will not have to train for as long, Stimpson said. The savings will allow the city to have another training class later this year.

“I always felt like we could do a smarter job attracting a diverse class,” he said. “Not only is this class diverse, but it’s very, very qualified.”

Acting Fire Chief Billy Pappas said the 30 recruits don’t get the department up to the numbers it needs, but “it’s a major step in that direction.”

Stimpson said being able to have another class later in the year would really help get the department closer to its needs.