Georgia fire chief wants to create a pipeline for high school graduates to join his department

  • Source: WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta
  • Published: 02/12/2020 12:00 AM

Local students could soon have a fast track to a stable career, thanks to The Augusta Fire Department. Augusta Commissioners are on board, as well as the Richmond County Board of Education Board Members. The goal is to allow students to earn a good salary right out of high school. “I have positions that I need to fill,” said Augusta Fire Department Fire Chief, Christopher James. “I think we can use our resources right here to fill those positions.” The fire department is ready to help recent graduates get on the path to success, right here at home. “They don’t have to go off somewhere else to get a job,” explained James. “We have jobs right here in our community that is very satisfying jobs that pay well.” The fire department has partnered with the city and the school board. Students will have the chance to take the firefighter test. If they meet the requirements, they could walk right into a job after graduation. Starting pay is $33,684, plus benefits, and paid vacation time.


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