If you're looking for a gratifying job - the Tucson Fire Department is looking for you.
The department is looking to hire 28 firefighter recruits .
Andrew Skaggs, with the Tucson Fire Department says, "this is a need for the department."
There has been many retirements and resignations - leaving the department short handed.
"Firefighting is a unique job - if you look at it we are needed 24/7 and there are no days off - that truck is in service all day long and we need to have that truck fully staffed for every one of those days," says Skaggs.
Applicants need to be 18-years-old with a High School diploma or G.E.D. with a valid or unrestricted drivers license.
Special requirements, include,
- Must be at least 18 years of age as of March 9, 2018
- Valid and unrestricted drivers license with at least two (2) years licensed driving experience
- Ability to obtain an Arizona EMT certification upon graduation; Tucson Fire will not entertain any waivers
By end of Fire Academy applicants will have:
- Arizona Fire Fighter I and II Certification
- Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation Certification
- Arizona Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certification
- HazMat First Responder Certification
The starting salary is $45,834.
Dylan Cota-Robles is new to TFD but says the late nights, early mornings and rigorous academy are paying off.
"Take the leap - it's definitely worth it. It's a long 6-month academy but very beneficial once you get out of the academy."
If you're up for the challenge and would like to become a Tucson firefighter you have until Friday march 9, 2018 to apply .
If you're interested, apply here .
KGUN 9 first reported that firefighters would eventually make up to $60,000. The story has been changed to reflect the corrected starting salary of $45,834.