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Sedgwick County Fire Dept. Ramps Up Recruitment

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The Sedgwick County Fire Department is looking to add new firefighters to its ranks. An informational meeting is set for this weekend in Bel Aire.

Sedgwick County Fire Chief Tavis Leake says the fire department offers $41,000 a year in full-time annual salary, health and dental benefits, as well as tuition reimbursement.

He says most often people aren’t sure of what it takes to be a firefighter.

“We want you to come out and listen to us and talk to the firefighters, test the equipment, test the gear, see if that’s something that you want to do," Leake says. "We’re excited about it.”

Leake says they’re looking for full- and part-time firefighters. Qualifications include a person at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED, a Kansas Driver’s license, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification and a Firefighter One certification. Candidates will also have to pass the candidate physical agility test.

The firefighter recruitment meeting will be held Saturday from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Bel Aire Fire Station, located at 4343 N. Woodlawn.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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