Lee County paramedics are getting ready to test to become certified firefighters.
The cross-training paramedics reviewed information Monday for their state exam next week. Officials say once they pass, 28 of them will do both first responder jobs.
County leaders hope the consolidation of the fire and EMS departments will improve fire protection service without raising taxes.
"Everybody is just basically excited about being a firefighter. They want to get out there and help and do what they can on the fire scene. Not just take care of patients, but actually put out fires too," said Bobby Watkins, the Lee County Public Safety Director.
This change is also expected to lower the county's ISO rating which could save homeowners' money on insurance premiums.
Lee County commissioners have not decided how to compensate these workers for their dual certifications.