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Morehead Fire Department looking to hire full-time firefighter

Samantha Morrill

Morehead’s fire department is looking to round out their team of firefighters.

The department has about 40 part-time volunteers, but one year ago the decision was made to begin employing full-time firefighters as well. Recently, one of those full-timers left for another department. Fire Chief Jeff Anderson said they need a full roster to make sure the team stays well rested and alert to respond to calls at all times of the day and night.

“We have six full-time firefighters, one open position right now, but generally they work as a pair. They work 24 hours straight and then they’re off for 48 hours, so about 24/7 we have someone on duty,” said Anderson.

Applicants are required to have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 19 years old, and have a valid driver's license. A Candidate Physical Ability Test will be required before a candidate is officially hired, and more requirements and certifications would be expected soon after.

“Things they’ll have to have within one year are the 300 hours of certification, they’ll have to have the IFSAC firefighters 1 and 2 certifications to name a few. But just to apply you don’t have to have anything,” said Anderson.

Anderson added that the department is open to accepting transfer firefighters who already have the additional training. Applications are open now and interested parties can pick up an application from Fire Station 2 on Old Flemingsburg Road. Applications will be open until the position is filled, at least until mid-November.