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More students needed for upcoming firefighter training course

Baihly Warfield
Updated: July 19, 2021 06:12 PM
Created: July 19, 2021 04:55 PM

This fall, the Duluth Fire Department is looking to hire new firefighters, especially ones trained at Lake Superior College

A Firefighter 1 & 2 course begins August 3. DFD Deputy Chief of Life Safety Jon Otis said right now 16 people are registered, but LSC needs 22 people to sign up in order to hold the class. 

"It's basically what you need to know if you're going to be a career or a volunteer firefighter, according to the National Fire Protection Association standards," Otis said. "It includes some hazardous materials stuff, it includes auto extrication, hose training, rope training, all the basics that you need to become a firefighter." 

He said the DFD is short firefighters and needs to hire to ease up on overtime costs and give current firefighters a break. 

Otis thinks it's a good opportunity for someone interested in getting out of the traditional 9-5 schedule. Duluth firefighters work 24-hour shifts and have stretches of days off. 

"At one point, almost everybody's wanted to be a firefighter, and then they end up doing other things. This would be a great opportunity to maybe kind of live out that fantasy a little bit and to help your community," he said. 

The course costs about $1,400, and there are scholarships available. 

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