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City Manager Lawrence D. Hughes and several members of the Manassas CityCouncil hosted a "kick-off" breakfast for the new department at City Tavernthis morning.
The Department provides fire and EMS personnel on three 24-hour shifts tostaff an engine, medic units, and a specialized rescue squad. Members alsoprovide staffing for a tower ladder from 7:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday.
Volunteers from the Manassas Volunteer Fire Company and Greater ManassasRescue Squad provide additional staffing at night, and on weekends, andholidays.
The city created a new fire district and added a 10-cent fire and rescuelevy to the 2009 budget in order to help finance the new department.
In March of 2008, the city council approved the immediate hiring of fivefirefighters, a fire and rescue chief and an administrative associate IV.Eleven more fire and rescue positions were approved for funding in the 2009budget but will not be hired until the new chief develops and presents anaction plan for the department.
The city is currently reviewing applications for the chief's position and city manager Lawrence D. Hughes expects to fill the position by late summer.