The South Fire District of the City of Middletown has hired three new candidates for the the position of firefighter and has made history in doing so.
The three new candidates , Christopher Bodie, Kori Kelly and Cody Soule are scheduled to start on July 6, 2009 and expected to be on shift sometime by the end of July.
Kori Kelly is the first female firefighter to be hired by the District making history. This most recent hire shows the willingness and diversity of the District as we move forward in this rapidly growing department.
The Commission has been plagued with constant concern from a select group of taxpayers regarding the overtime that is being paid out to the current staff of firefighters and that they would like it to be addressed. In response to this the Commission offered up a plan of hiring additional personnel to reduce overtime and meet the obligation of minimum staffing.
The current staffing consists of four platoons with five firefighters and one lieutenant on duty at all times as well as a full time day shift firefighter and lieutenant, this staffing is well below the NFPA recommendations for fire ground staffing and safety but along with mutual aid from surrounding communities the District has made due. The addition of the three new hires will increase each platoon by one firefighter and in turn reduce the overtime by not having to replace when someone is out.
In some other unrelated but updated news the District has adorned their apparatus with their new Motto " Pride of the South Side" along with a banner posted on the sides reading , "Desire - Courage - Ability" , The desire to serve, The courage to act, The ability to perform.