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Myrtle Beach Fire Department is looking to add new firefighters and paramedics to the team

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – During one of its busiest times of the year with hundreds of calls per week, the Myrtle Beach Fire Department is looking to hire new members to join its crew.

The fire department is looking for certified firefighters, EMTs and paramedics. They hope to fill at least 12 to 15 vacancies.

Although, if the department receives a certain firefighter grant, they would like to hire more people.

Capt. Jon Evans of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department said they typically see these openings each year due to people leaving or retiring, and filling these positions will help ease the workload. current firefighters.

“If we are downstaffed across the department, that means we have more extra spots that we need to fill, which will help our firefighters who are here not have to work so much overtime. We’re just trying to onboard people a lot quicker than usual through the hiring process and the recruiting school process, Evans said.

However, the fire department is only looking to hire experienced people.

Before applying, you must have at least 18 months of experience and be certified as a paramedic or paramedic.

This would allow new recruits to attend just eight weeks of training courses compared to the usual 26 weeks needed to train someone with no previous experience.

“Anyone with experience is going to help us because it’s less money, less time that we have to use to get them through these recruiting schools and train them from someone who doesn’t. don’t have experience, you know, that’s a whole other thing,” Evans said.

Evans also said they hope to have new recruits trained by the fall and on the field by early next year.

The department offers an annual base salary of $45,150 for firefighters/paramedics and $52,266 for firefighters/paramedics.

The fire department said it was specifically looking for more paramedics in hopes of having at least 30 in the department.

If you are interested in applying, the Myrtle Beach Fire Department encourages you to contact us with any questions.

Applications must be sent by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 25.

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