Tuckerman Fire Dept. looking to hire more firefighters, responders

TUCKERMAN, AR (KAIT)- The Tuckerman Fire Department and EMS is seeking recruits from the community.

The fire department is short-staffed and looking to fill 5 new positions. Fire Chief Wrotie Koller said they will front the bill for EMT school and firefighter training.

"There is a desperate need for us, we run a volunteer fire department and volunteer ambulance service," Koller said. "To run a full-time ambulance service you have to have coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and right now we're low on our EMTs and we have to have a certified EMT to run it."

Koller said they are looking for people to help pick up the slack. He says most of the firemen and responders hold a second job.

"We're looking for someone who's interested in going to EMT school, we will send them through the proper training and put them to work as soon as we can," he said. 

Anyone interested must be able to attend 5 to 6 weeks of training and live within 5 miles of the fire station.

"We try to do that every year but it's just gotten to the point where these guys are not able to do it because of their regular jobs again," Koller told Region 8 News. 

The hope to eventually provide coverage 7 days a week. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.


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