SHERMAN, TX -- Fire season is here and no one is working harder to save homes and property than local firefighters. Right now one local department is short-staffed and needs to fill positions quickly.
Tuesday’s windy conditions just stretched the already understaffed Sherman Fire Department even thinner, but fire officials say filling four openings in the department should help spread the load.
Tuesday firefighters fought a blazing fire on Austin St. in a vacant home. They say right now firefighters are working double shifts to keep service going smoothly and the community safe.
"This is the right time. There's a lot of growth in the community, we're anticipating more growth and we're a really progressive department and we're looking forward to getting new guys on board," says Jeff Jones, Sherman fire chief.
The Local Civil Service Commission of the City of Sherman, Texas plans to host a competitive Civil Service examination for entry-level firefighters. It’s scheduled for Saturday, March 1, at 9:00 am at the Piner Middle School Cafeteria, 402 W. Pecan St. in Sherman.
Here are the requirements:
1. By date of the examination, applicant must be:
a. Between the ages of 18 and 35 years of age.
2.Must posses a High School Diploma or GED certification.
3.Must have a valid and current Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
4.Must be able to read and write English
5.Must be free of disease or physical and/or mental defect that would in any manner interfere with the applicant performing the duties of a Firefighter;
6.Must have eyesight that is correctable to 20/20 in each eye, and 20/70 uncorrected; (Colorblindness is a disqualifying condition);
7. Must have normal hearing ability free from hearing impairment;
8. Must have successfully completed all educational requirements for certification by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, and must have successfully completed the state examination for sma.e
9. Must be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic (EMT-P) by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
An additional five point shall be added to the examination score of an applicant who has served in the US Armed Forces, and has received an Honorable Discharge and passes the written examination.
Interested applicants can pick up applications at the Human Resources Office in the City of Sherman Municipal Building, 405 North Rusk Street, in Sherman.
The deadline to submit an application is 5:00pm on Monday, February 18th.