11 New La Vergne Firefighters Begin Work

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11 New La Vergne Firefighters Begin Work

CREATED Jul 1, 2014
by Emily Luxen

LA VERGNE, TN – The city of La Vergne's 11 new additions to the fire department are ready to get to work.

They started their first day on the job with an orientation that included a tour of each city department. The 11 men were chosen from a pool of 281 applicants, and many have previous fire training.

“They all bring something different,” said Fire Chief Rick McCormick. “Each one has a special niche for the department and that is what we are looking for.”

The new firefighters will add a third shift the department has never had. Currently, firefighters have a two shift schedule consisting of 48 hours on, 48 hours off.

“I think with more people available it will be more hands on,” said Zach Kirsch, one of the new La Vergne Firefighters. “Having one more set of hands is good, but having 11 at a fire will help you get work done a lot quicker.”

For the city of La Vergne, the new class of firefighters represents a new chapter. In December, the city approved the purchase of the fire department from a privately owned company. At the time, La Vergne was one of only two municipalities in the state that used a private company to run its fire department.

The purchase included all the fire trucks, equipment and all three fire halls. City leaders said the change will allow them to able to apply for grants for additional firefighters, buy equipment and possibly build a new fire hall.

“It opens a lot of doors for us,” said Chief McCormick. “Now we can apply for grants a for profit company could not apply for.”

The 11 new firefighters will continue training for the next couple of weeks and start work July 26. The city will also be adding 11 new volunteer firefighters in the next few weeks.

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