3 county fire stations to be 24/7 beginning Monday

By ALLEN MINCEY Staff Writer
Posted 8/26/17

There were 34 individuals who filled out applications to become employees with the Bradley County Fire and Rescue service. With the change of three stations to be manned 24 hours a day, these …

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3 county fire stations to be 24/7 beginning Monday

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There were 34 individuals who filled out applications to become employees with the Bradley County Fire and Rescue service. With the change of three stations to be manned 24 hours a day, these potential new firefighters will be welcome additions.

Shawn Fairbanks, Bradley County Fire and Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services, chief, said the three stations will begin their 24/7 service on Monday at 8 a.m. The stations going to all-day manned sites include Prospect, McDonald and Taylor.

“We are using current personnel at no additional cost to the taxpayer,” Fairbanks said.

New personnel, if hired, will mean a potential increase in necessary funding, but not at the present time for the three stations.

Fairbanks said manning the three stations throughout the day will benefit those portions of the county where they are located better.

“We are trying to cover these areas of the county with two-man engine companies to get a quicker response to help preserve life and property faster,” he said. “We will still have the same number of firefighters on scene, but these outlying areas will get firefighters on the scene quicker to assess the situation and make conditions better for other responding units to attack the fire or whatever the situation may be.”

Fairbanks said he wants to “thank Mayor (D.Gary) Davis and the emergency service committee for their support in this effort to serve our citizens better.”

The deadline for applications to become firefighters with the BCFR was Aug. 11. Fairbanks said he was pleased to have received so many.

“They are testing next week to move forward with the process,” he said.

The applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalency and must be able to pass a physical and written exam, while also possessing a valid driver’s license with no suspensions or revocations within the past 24 months.

“We have a great group of men and women serving as firefighters, and we hope the new firefighters will add to the quality of our service even more,” Fairbanks said.

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