KX Gives Back: Minot Fire Department Is In Need Of Firefighters

The Minot Fire Department is looking for new recruits to make sure it's ready to respond to local emergencies.

Their goal is to hire eight firefighters initially, but there will be room for more positions to be filled.

The department was right on the edge of being full staffed a few months ago, but recently firefighters have moved or retired.

Now, the department has several prospects who are looking into a firefighting career.

ALEXUS: The Minot Fire Department is short staffed. That's why the department is giving prospects a look inside the fire hall.

"Get a feel for the department, equipment, our guys, how our routines work on a day to day basis," said Lonnie Sather, Battalion Chief.

Prospect, Jospeh Guzman, has been in the Air Force for 10 years and he's looking to transition into the civilian sector as a firefighter.

Joseph Guzman, Prospect) "I feel like I'd be able to help out the community a lot more in times of need or emergency situations," said Joseph Guzman, Prospect.

Previously working in security services and dealing with unpredictable situations -- he thinks that skill could be an asset to the department.

"I had to stay calm, cool, collected and pretty much use good judgment so I think I could adapt to that," said Guzman.

Scott Wilson has been a volunteer firefighter for the last five years and now he's a prospect for the Minot Fire Department.

"I'm just trying to further my career," said Scott Wilson, Prospect.

Being a firefighter is more than just a job for Wilson, it's a career that runs in the family.

"My father was one so kind of in the blood to do it," said Wilson.

The Minot Fire Department needs to hire, but they want the people who want to build their career here.

"This job is never the same any two days. Everything changes, you never know what to expect, it's an awesome profession," said Sather.

Minot Fire Department Recruitment: https://www.minotnd.org/602/Recruit-Information

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