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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Fire Department is overwhelmed by hundreds of applicants for ten firefighter positions.

431 people applied for the jobs by the Monday deadline. People from across the nation applied for the Albany jobs, but the vast majority of them do not have experience as firefighters.

Deputy Fire Chief Ron Rowe said  "There are some of everything. They are young. They are some older, retired people. There are unemployed people of course. And some people just graduated from school putting in. We are running the gambit."

The Albany Fire Department trainees will start at $26,000 a year.

The Fire Department is also promoting nearly 25 veterans on five levels, from relief driver to battalion chief.

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