The Hanover Fire Department is looking for some new recruits and is inviting all those interested to come out to the Open House tonight at 7 p.m. to ask questions and learn more about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter.
Those interested in learning more are also encouraged to bring their spouse or significant other.
Fire Chief Jeff Dentinger says a Fire Officer will be on hand to share what it means to be on the Fire Department and one of thespouses of a Hanover Firefighter will also share her experience as to what it is like to be the spouse of a firefighter.
This is the first time the Hanover Fire Department has ever held an open house to seek out new recruits.
Dentinger calls it an innovative way to engage potential recruits by providing them with a small taste of what life as a firefighter really is.
The Open House is the first step of a multi stepped process that will be followed by interviews, agility testing, swim testing and reference checks.
Dentinger encourages anyone who feels they may have something to offer the Fire Department to come out and learn more.
He says serving as a volunteer firefighter is a great ways to serve one’s community.
The open house will also provide potential recruits with a first hand look at what resources are available to firefighters, what training is required and clearer understanding of the expectations of the job.
The Hanover Fire Department is made of 27 members and two auxiliary members who will now become regular firefighters once the new recruits are signed on.
The successful new recruits will become auxiliary members which means they will train with the fire department but not yet respond to emergencies.
That will come once they are fully trained and ready for the next step.