Rockdale County fire department officials called its first recruitment open house a success. About 20 people attended the open house on June 16.
“We had people waiting at the door for us to open up and get started,” said Fire Chief Dan Morgan. “We are all really excited about the interest people have for working with us. I think today was definitely a success. Today was a great opportunity to give a basic tour of the station and share with these guys some responsibilities of our firefighters and tell them some things they can expect to see on the job.”
Rockdale County Fire Rescue is hoping to hire about 10 firefighters by the end of the year. They are considering hosting a second open house in July before the July 25 application deadline.
The salary for those hired will be $29,989. Candidates must be at least 18, have a good driving record, pass a criminal background check and have a high school diploma or GED. Candidates also must pass an agility test. New firefighters will begin work Nov. 10.
Jeremy Holland said he saw banners announcing the open house and decided he would attend. He said he would love to serve the citizens of Rockdale.
“I’m here to learn and hopefully get one step closer to being hired. I’m ready to work. I’m willing to work in all types of weather, long shifts, whatever it takes,” said Holland of Conyers. “No matter the outcome, I appreciate the opportunity and I liked how department staff answered any questions we had.”
Hank Haywood saw the open house on Facebook and decided to make an hour drive to the station, in hopes of getting a job.
“Where we’re at, only positions and training to be a paramedic are being offered, but I want to actually go in and fight fires and bring people to safety and that’s why I’m here in Rockdale,” said Haywood of Monroe County. “All the basics were covered. You could even apply here on the department’s computers if you had all your paperwork with you. This was really helpful.”