The five firefighters that were approved to be hired by South Sioux City City Council Jan. 8 began training last Monday, Feb. 12.
New full-time firefighters Kevin Ott, Brandon McCune, Aaron McCoy, Zach Daniels and Kevin Eischeid along with the rest of the volunteers and paid members of the South Sioux City Fire Department spent the week going through various training exercises at the two fire stations in town.
The salaries of the five new firefighters will be 75 percent paid for by a FEMA grant for the first two years of employment and 25 percent paid for the third year. Fire chief Clint Merithew applied for the grant in January 2017.
The five additional firefighters ensures three firefighters are on staff at all times.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), South Sioux City should have a minimum of five firefighters responding immediately to house fires, a standard which had never been met in 2017 due to low staffing.