Polk County Fire Rescue Offers Signing Bonuses, Free Training To Fill Vacancies

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Polk County Fire Rescue is rolling out new initiatives in hopes of solving staffing shortages.

“It’s the most amount of vacancies I’ve ever seen,” said Lee Stringer, President of Polk County Professional Firefighters Local 3531.

There are 60 vacancies within Polk County’s Fire Rescue division. The President of Polk County Professional Firefighters union Lee Stringer said firefighters and paramedics working hundreds of hours of mandatory overtime to make up for staffing shortages.

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