According to a report from WEAR, a $4 million dollar station is being planned to replace Escambia County (FL) Fire-Rescue’s (ESFR’s) Station No. 2 in Beulah that will be built on the same plot of land.
Commissioner Jeff Bergosh says he also hopes to hire three more full-time ESFR firefighters to work the day shift at Station No. 2 as a compliment to the volunteers operating it now. Bergosh also says the county must prepare for additional housing developments and retail stores that could come with OLF-8, a 630-acre county-owned property in Beulah.
Bergosh pointed to the $61.7 million coming to the county from the American Rescue Plan to help with this expansion.
Escambia County now has 11 open firefighter positions. Bergosh says he does not think filling these new positions will be a problem. However, he is trying to negotiate higher salaries.
Bergosh says the Commission will discuss this plan at their upcoming meeting on Thursday.