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January 24, 2022

Florence adds paid firefighter jobs to the city roster

Therese Apel

The city of Florence has added two part-time firefighter spots to their roster each day, a move that will eventually help residents’ pocketbooks.

According to Alderman Brian Grantham, the two new paid firefighters will be on the clock from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and will be ready to run emergency calls in the city. Both of them are both Firefighter 1001 and EMT certified.

Grantham says the city has a pool of about 10 firefighters that have been approved to be used on rotation throughout the week. Because most of them have full-time jobs, the pool allows their schedules to be coordinated.

“As an alderman for the city, I want to provide the citizens of Florence the best quality of emergency response that they deserve,” Grantham said. “It’s great to see firefighters, both paid and volunteer, working together to provide that service.”

The move will lower response time and ultimately bring down insurance premiums. If you’d like to apply to join Florence’s fire department, stop by city hall for more information. A 1001 Firefighter certification and preferably EMT as well are requested.

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