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Valdosta Fire Dept. hosts career expo

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The Valdosta Fire Department partnered with the Georgia Department of Labor to host a Firefighters Career Expo on Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m., at the fire station on S. Oak Street in Valdosta.

If you've ever wondered what education, training and skills are required for a career in Fire Services, Tuesday's inaugural expo provided all the information.

Several fire departments from across the state of Georgia were also at the expo in addition to representatives from the Georgia Fire Academy, Valdosta State University, Wiregrass Technical College and Georgia Military College.

The VFD accepted applications for employment at the Career Expo. To become a Valdosta firefighter, an applicant must have a high school diploma and must successfully pass a cognitive/academic skills and physical agility test, a background check, reference checks, a physical, and a drug test.

Jeremy Cole is a volunteer firefighter with the Lake Park Fire Department. He hasn't been in the profession long, but he came out to the expo to apply for a position with the Valdosta Fire Department in hopes of becoming a career firefighter. "I really got into it about 6 months ago, really that quick," said Cole. "But as soon as I got into it, it was just amazing. I just really wanna be a firefighter for the rest of my life."

The department has a comprehensive 12-week fire training program for those selected; therefore, prior experience is not required. Click here to view job openings with the VFD and the City of Valdosta.

For more information, contact the VFD at (229) 333-1835.

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