City council has voted to add a deputy fire chief position. A part time administrator recently retired from the department and city officials took the chance to increase the budget for that position and turn it into a deputy chief.

After the massive fire at Nolan's Restaurant in Canandaigua, city officials faced major criticism for not properly staffing the fire department. Now, officials are taking steps to change that.

City council has voted to add a deputy fire chief position. A part time administrator recently retired from the department and city officials took the chance to increase the budget for that position and turn it into a deputy chief.

After the fire at Nolan's, critics claimed the department was not adequately staffed for fires of that magnitude. The department is staffed with nine firefighters. Two work are always on 24/7. If a fire like Nolan's happens, officials will call in volunteer fire fighters. The department is facing challenges recruiting volunteers. City Manager John Goodwin says the deputy chief will work to recruit volunteers and also fight fires.

"A lot of volunteer companies surrounding us are able to do recruitment and we think if we really get out into the community and refocus our fire department as community oriented and really show the community that you can help and serve as a volunteer firefighter we think we can get some of those numbers up," Goodwin said.

You can apply to become a volunteer fire fighter by calling the Canandaigua Fire Department at 585- 396-5050.

As for the deputy chief position, Goodwin says it will make more than $70,000 a year plus benefits. City officials will start advertising by the beginning of the year for the position, but if you want to get a head start on applying you can mail a resume and cover letter to city hall at 2 North Main Street, Canandaigua, New York 14424, Attn: City Manager.