Pilot project aims to address staffing shortage at Tracadie Fire Dept.

Tracadie is setting up a 26 week pilot project to address a staffing shortage within its fire department during summer months.

Mayor Denis Losier says five full-time firefighters will be hired to answer calls and take care of equipment maintenance and preparation.

Losier says several volunteer firefighters are busy with their regular jobs over the summer while others are on vacation, significantly decreasing the number of first responders available to answer calls.

(with files from CKLE)