LYONS – Nine paid-on-call (POC) firefighters are set to be appointed by the Lyons Fire Department this month, increasing the ranks of the village’s Emergency Response Team.
Lyons began the testing process for paid-on-call firefighters at the end of 2013 and the chosen applicants are in the final stages of screening.
“POC’s play a vital role in our department and provide the manpower for shift coverage, emergency calls, community events and fire prevention activities,” said Lyons Fire Chief Gordon Nord in a news release.
With the newly hired nine POC’s, Lyons will have 37 firefighters/EMTs total, with 31 POC’s and six full-time contract employees.
“Our basic goal is to have enough manpower and equipment to respond to the ordinary day to day responses within our village without having to rely on mutual aid exclusively,” Nord said.
Nord said he considered the testing process a great success and the applicants are given an excellent opportunity to serve their local community.
The village is planning to reopen the enrollment process within the next six months to fill additional paid-on-call firefighter positions within the department.