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Volunteer firefighter candidates sought

March 13, 2013 by

As the banner outside the station suggests, the Town of Lakeview Fire Department is looking for a few good men.

Fire Chief Dennis Morrill said that the department is looking for volunteer firefighter candidates to ramp up its active membership numbers.

Interested candidates should live within five miles of town, he said, and have plans to stay in the area for at least two to three years.

“Our numbers have been dropping a little bit,” Morrill said, “and we’re just looking to get a little more help.”

Candidates would ideally have a reasonable level of physical fitness, he said, and the department is looking to fill five to six spots.

The application process includes filling out an application at the fire hall, which will be reviewed along with a background check. Morrill noted that candidates are preferred to have a sponsor in the form of a current firefighter.

Interviews will be conducted, followed by a vote by the department on a candidate, Morrill said.

Ideally, a candidate would be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and minimal training requirements include Firefighter I, which must be completed within 18 to 24 months, dependent on when the training class is scheduled.

The Firefighter I training consists of 100 hours in total and state certified.

Qualities sought in candidates include high levels of motivation, fast on their feet mentally, safety conscious and trustworthy.

An ability to get along with others without causing rifts is also highly regarded, Morrill said, as is a positive interaction with the public.

The fire department currently stands at six to eight active firefighters, though Morrill said the total membership numbers close to 20. The maximum number allowed, as a volunteer fire department, is 40 members, he said.

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