NAPLES, Fla. - Despite tough budgets, one city is adding firefighters.
Although the city of Naples is looking at cutting four vacant police positions, the proposed budget has them hiring two new firefighters.
According to City Manager Bill Moss, compared to other cities, Naples has an above normal per capita of police officers, but is below average when it comes to firefighters.
The fire department is looking at a four percent decrease, but has made cuts in some areas in order to add the new employees.
Fire Chief Steve McInerny tells WINK News Naples is the only district in the state that operates their 95 foot ladder truck with only one person, most have three or four.
The city's budget still has to be approved, which will happen in September.