PIQUA — The Piqua Fire Department is looking for a few good men and women to fill two open positions as firefighter/paramedics.
During the search and recruiting process, the city of Piqua reminds citizens that “everyone is a recruiter” in keeping the city staffed with dedicated professional individuals.
Chief Brent Pohlschneider said, “Currently, the application period is open. It will close July 3. To get signed up for the written test, the city of Piqua website has the link. Go to piquaoh.org, then ‘Doing Business in Piqua’ to find job opening opportunities.”
Having local men and women as members of the Piqua Fire Department is important, according to Pohlschneider, himself a homegrown Piqua Indian.
“I feel we have a very special group that’s on at the fire department,” Pohlschneider said. “I feel that they would be willing to do just about anything to help anybody. When we get those calls for people in their time of need, we know that it is probably, to them, the worst time in their life, and we are there to try to make things go better for them.”
“If they (community members) know any special young person that is somebody from the community, please reach out to them and let them know that we have two positions that are open and we welcome them to do the testing process and hopefully, we will be interviewing them for the positions later this summer.”
Young people who are interested in a career in the fire service can also look at beginning to get their necessary schooling and qualifications in order to be ready for future positions that open within the department.
The Piqua Fire Department emphasizes the “Three C’s” — Community, Culture, and Compensation — as what makes the department the place to be for a career.
Piqua firefighters take an active role within the community; they are a part of the community. Piqua firefighters take the initiative to make cultural changes. Examples are drafting a budget to revamp the department’s fitness facility. Recently, firefighter Eric Wood proposed a Regional Safety Training Center to be built from the retired water plant.
Additionally, firefighters have extraordinary earning potential. In 2016, a first-year firefighter earned over $70,000, more than $10k over starting salary, through eligible overtime.
To be eligible, applicants must be certified as a Firefighter 2 and also be a paramedic. Qualified individuals can download the application packet and find more information on becoming a Piqua firefighter/paramedic.
Edison State Community College is among the locations where the test is administered.
Anyone with questions regarding becoming a firefighter/paramedic for the city of Piqua can contact the department at (937) 778-2013.
Reach Mike Ullery at (937) 451-3335