Buckhannon City Council voted to create part-time firefighter positions with the Buckhannon Fire Department that could help add manpower when needed. The proposal will still need to be presented to the West Virginia Home Rule Board.
The part-time firefighters would be non-civil service and will provide supplemental coverage for the BFD during high-demand periods such as community events, low volunteer staffing times, fire prevention presentations, public service requests and other times.
However, the part-time firefighters would also respond to fires, accidents, medical emergencies and other calls for service.
BFD Chief J.B. Kimble told the council Thursday that he and city attorney Tom O’Neill finalized a job description that was included in the council packet.