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Sandy Fire needs a few good people

It's recruitment time again: Sandy Fire needs to fill its ranks

The Sandy Fire District is looking for a few good women and men who would volunteer to serve their community.

Volunteers are a very important part of the Sandy Fire District, said Alice Busch, information officer for Sandy Fire. And the district's volunteers have to be as able to serve as its full-time career firefighters.

That takes lots of training, and new volunteers will find their dedication tested from the beginning, Busch said.

'It takes a willingness to work hard to achieve the standards of excellence that define the fire service,' Busch said.

Sandy Fire District is seeking people who possess the courage to face the unique challenges this job presents, she said, and the dedication to become fully trained.

People of all ages comprise the fire service, which is diverse enough to represent the entire community.

Firefighters at Sandy Fire range in age from 18 to 61. Sandy Fire also has students 14-18 who serve as Fire Explorers and are trained in many of the duties of firefighting.

Recruitment for these volunteer positions has just begun, Busch said.

Work ethic and integrity are among the traits being sought in new recruits, according to Capt. Jason McKinnon.

'Being a public servant is what the fire service is about,' he said, 'and we are looking for the kind of people who share that ethic to join our ranks.

'The majority of our firefighters live or work in the community and they care about it. They believe in giving back, in contributing.'

Firefighters are not always involved in what their job title would suggest. In fact, fighting fires is a small part of the job, Busch said.

Sandy Fire District emergency response includes car crashes, medical calls and only a few fires. This requires a special kind of person to stay motivated and engaged, one who is in it for the service, not the glory.

To be eligible to become a volunteer with the Sandy Fire District, a candidate must be at least 18 years old, a high school graduate or have a GED and share the values of professionalism, responsibility, integrity, dedication and education.

Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and can be downloaded at sandyfire.org or picked up during weekday open hours from the district's main station, 17460 Bruns Ave.

For more information, call McKinnon at 503-668-8093.