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“We’re hiring”: Six full time firefighters sought

Lamar County is growing, adding homes and the people who live in them. Fire chief Douglas Matthews and his team have to plan to grow their department to meet the ever expanding needs that growth brings. ’As the number of structures increases and our population increases, our call volume grows,’ Matthews said. So, the county fire department is looking to hire six full time firefighters and is currently taking applications. ’We are making history. We hired the first three full time firefighters in 1998. Last year we added three more. Now we are looking to add six more to make a total of 12. Four will be on duty at all times with two at station one and two at the Parker Branch Road station,’ Matthews continued. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Certifications are desired but not necessary. Applicants will have to pass a basic agility test prior to being offered employment. Applications are available at station one on Hwy. 36 West and the county commission office. They must be turned in by Jan. 22. More information is available on the county website at

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