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Bakersfield Fire adding 11 new positions thanks to money from Measure N tax

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Posted at 6:35 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 21:35:43-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield Fire Department is getting closer to full strength by adding 11 positions, thanks to tax money brought in from Measure N.

Bakersfield Fire will be receiving an influx of more than $3 million dollars from the city's new tax helping them reinstate 11 positions that had previously been axed due to budget cuts.

Officials say they will be adding a deputy fire chief, six engineers and an arson battalion chief and two dispatchers. They will also reinstate four light engines which are smaller than regular fire engines to help firefighters get to more places they need to be in an emergency.

City Manager Alan Tandy tells 23ABC that Bakersfield has collected about $11 million dollars from the Measure ‘N’ Tax.