Thomasville Fire Department needs new hires to keep community safe

Thomasville Fire Department needs new hires to keep community safe
Thomasville Fire and Rescue

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WALB) - The Thomasville Fire Department has been operating with a limited staff for a while.

There are currently two positions open and the deadline to apply is Friday.

Fire Chief Tim Connell said, thankfully, fires in the city are down 48 percent this year.

He said they need at least 13 firefighters at the department at all times.

Connell told WALB if a department doesn’t have enough firefighters is could be dangerous for the community.

Some firefighters, Connell pointed out, have to work three or four extra shifts to avoid that.

Tim Connell, Thomasville Fire Department chief (Source: WALB)
Tim Connell, Thomasville Fire Department chief (Source: WALB)

Connell said when they respond to a fire with limited personnel in the summer, operations may be slower. That could put the community at risk.

“We have to improvise, or make arrangements," Connell said. “Again, we’re having to fight the same fires with less personnel. So, we get on scene with a two-story home our tactics change."

Connell told WALB they’re working over time to make sure the appropriate amount of people are at the department at all times.

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