Massive 5-11 ALARM Warehouse Fire, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Kevin Gebhardt’s photostream

PITTSBURGH, PA – The City of Pittsburgh’s public safety department will soon see an increase in the number of its rank and file employees. Mayor William Peduto has authorized the following:

• One class of police officers to begin training in March followed by a second in the fall

• One class of firefighters to begin as soon as possible

• Paramedics are to begin advertising to fill eight vacancies

• Five building inspectors to be hired as soon as possible

“These positions are necessary to staff up our ranks due to pending retirements and vacancies,” said Public Safety Director Michael H. Huss.

Mayor Peduto added, “Filling these positions will improve the city’s ability to deliver quality public safety services to the public.”