Feb 17, 2014 7:45 PM
The Hamilton City Fire Department is looking for a lot of volunteers. And with this year's dry weather they should see a lot of work.
“We're trying to increase staffing levels,” said Lt. Christopher Todd of the Hamilton City Fire Department. “We’re getting ready for fire season.”
Volunteers must be 18 and over. They do not get paid but they do get hands-on experience. And when it comes to selection attitude is everything.
“We're looking for hardworking, talented people,” Todd said. “They don't necessarily need to have a lot of background in fire. We can train them as long as they got a good work ethic.”
Derek Draper of Chico interviewed with the department and was selected for the academy. He's taken some fire courses in college and has worked on a couple engines. And now he says he’s ready to take his career to the next level.
“I’ve wanted to do this; I wanted to keep moving up,” he said. “I want to work for the city and hopefully keep moving forward with it.”
The Hamilton City Fire Department will take applications until Thursday night.