Fire district taking shape

SHADYSIDE The OR&W Fire District is looking for applicants to work at the fire station. The fire board discussed the qualifications at its meeting Saturday.

One of the perks of the Shadyside Fire Department becoming a fire district is that it will now be able to have paid firefighters and EMTs on duty during the day when most of the calls have went unanswered.

The fire district has agreed the positions will be part-time with shifts being 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. This will be seven days a week.

“The qualifications are that the applicant must have a basic fire card and EMT card,” said Fire Chief David Lenz. “They can stop by the station, see a member or call the fire chief at 676-1910.”

They are looking for someone who has a dual certification in both. Overall, the fire district is looking to hire 14 employees. All those who are hired will work about three shifts per week.

The hiring process, as Chief Lenz explained, will have the board and himself interview the candidates and approach the board for vote to hire he or she.

The fire board consists of Ed Good, who is a Mead Township trustee; Bob Bell, who represents Shadyside Village Council, Jermaine Helms is the township trustee and Gregg Warren is the person-at-large and Bill Shepard is the member from the village.

The next fire board meeting, which is open to the public, will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Shadyside Fire Station.

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