Chico Begins Accepting Firefighter Applications

Feb 19, 2014 7:50 PM

Now that Chico city council has decided to accept a $5.3 million grant from the federal government, the fire department is beginning the process of finding new staff to bring on board. The city is now getting the ball rolling on the hiring process in order to get the department back up to staff.

As of 2:00 PM Wednesday, the city began accepting applications online. Applicants will have to pass a written exam and the top candidates from that will move on to an oral interview. They'll also have to pass a comprehensive background check and go through 8 weeks of training. Fire officials say they expect to be inundated with applications and are confident that they'll have a large pool of qualified applicants. "There are all kinds, especially young firefighters, that are coming out of the academies that are excited at this opportunity even though it may not turn into a long term job. They’re definitely going to show up to get the experience and be a part of our community," explained Shane Lauderdale, Operations Chief with the Chico Fire Department.

Officials will give preferential treatment to volunteer firefighters as well as promote some of their current staff. They plan to start training in late April and hope to have the stations staffed by late June.

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