Jacksonville Beach Fire Chief Gary Frazier proposed his department's policy and said budgetary constraints in the coastal community played into the decision in hopes of defraying overtime costs.
"This is one way to do that that's less costly and still offers a state certified firefighter, EMT or paramedic to supplement some of our staffing needs," Frazier
Although Jacksonville Beach
will benefit from the free service of volunteers, the program is not without cost.
The city will pay $20,000 to cover insurance, medical exams, stress tests and gear for those who want to join the department as an auxiliary.
said those costs will properly outfit volunteers and allow them to be trained and eventually be employed as full-time firefighters.