New Staffing Surplus Could Bring Relief For Overworked Firefighters, LBFD Says

Long Beach Fire Department officials say that — at long last — their ranks are fully staffed, something that could bring relief to employees who have complained of fatigue, mental health issues and unsafe working conditions because of firefighter and paramedic shortages.

In a memo published by the city last week, Long Beach Fire Department Chief Dennis Buchanan said that an influx of new firefighters means the department is now temporarily overstaffed by 20 probationary firefighters, something that could provide needed flexibility in the coming months.

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