By Beth David, Editor
The Acushnet Fire Department is conducting its first-ever recruitment drive for paid-on-call firefighters. Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher said that the department is hoping to send four–six people to the academy.
The Department expects to be losing six “seasoned” firefighters as they age out of the job in the next six–eight years.
“So, we’re looking to build up the ranks,” said the chief, so they have a seasoned group to choose from. “Full time firefighters have historically come from the ranks of call firefighters, myself included.”
The town will accept applications until September 12.
He said they have been getting a lot of response from people all around the region. Applicants do not have to live in Acushnet, but they do need to be close by
“Keep in mind that the whole goal is to have someone respond in a safe, effective manner to fire emergencies in Acushnet,” said Chief Gallagher.
Call firefighters augment the full time ranks. When there is a fire or other emergency, Call Firefighters are paged and respond to the scene in their own vehicles.
The town’s website, http://www. acushnet.ma.us/fire-fighter-recruitment, includes detailed information on how to apply to become a paid-on-call firefighter, including an application.
According to the online information, applications must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a criminal background check.
In addition to being physically fit and able to perform strenuous work “under adverse conditions,” applicants must successfully complete the Mass. Fire Academy Call/Volunteer Firefighter Training Program.
Call Firefighters must be able to respond to calls with a five minute travel time to the fire station.
Responsibilties of the position include attending regular training sessions and driving and operating emergency equipment.
The department is holding a Call Firefighter Recruitment Open House on Saturday, August 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Acushnet Fire Station #1, 27 Russell St., in the center of town.
Firefighters will be present to answer questions, provide insight and outline the position requirements. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.
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