FWFD opens application period for new recruits

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Fort Wayne Fire Department is now hiring and ready to fill its 88th recruit academy.

The department is accepting applications for the position of Fort Wayne firefighter now through Sept. 25. Applications can be submitted at www.fortwaynefiredepartment.org.

The academy, an 18-week training program, will begin in January, the department announced. The city said it will hire 15 new firefighters.

“We know that our organization is enriched by attracting employees from a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds,” said Fire Chief Eric Lahey. “The Fort Wayne Fire Department is asking for the best, and we want those that answer that call, it represent the entire city. We need the help of the public to announce these positions in the neighborhoods, the barbershops, the coffee shops, and the churches. Think of that special young man or woman, that you want to see in the fire truck when it responds to your house, and make sure they know that we are hiring. The fire department is strengthened by the addition of new recruits, and the entire community is strengthened when those firefighters represent all of its neighborhoods and citizens.”

The department will administer a written aptitude test at the Grand Wayne Center Sept. 26. A tutoring session for that test will be offered Sept. 12 at the Public Safety Academy.

Mayor Tom Henry said the city is fortunate to add a new batch of firefighters.

“Our commitment to public safety is one of the reasons we’re experiencing positive momentum and investments in our community,” said Henry. “We must meet the needs of residents and businesses to continue to move Fort Wayne forward in the right direction.”

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