Brooklyn Center Fire Department Bolsters Ranks with Three New Firefighters
Brooklyn Center still has a way to go before its fire department is at full strength, but the city just added three new firefighters to help close that gap.
Two of those firefighters are women.
“You’re seeing more and more women join the fire service,” said Brooklyn Center Fire Chief Todd Berg. “It’s a job that, you know, anybody can train for, anybody can do.”
Jennifer, Brittany and Xeng are the three new firefighters to join the ranks of the Brooklyn Center Fire Department.
The addition of these three firefighters brings the city’s total to 24. That’s still 16 short of the budgeted amount.
Brooklyn Center uses a paid on-call model for its fire department. Last year it responded to more than 2,300 calls for service. The three new firefighters will help ease some of the burden, but the city is still looking for new recruits.
“We come from all different backgrounds, all walks of life,” Berg said. “We have some people that are in the retired field too that are still in the fire department, so it takes a village to make a team and to make a fire department.”
Firefighters need to be at least 18 years old, have a clean driving record, and live within eight minutes of a Brooklyn Center fire station.
To apply, you can go to city’s website.