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Natchez Fire Department to hire part-timers
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March 14, 2018 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. — A shortage of Natchez firefighters has prompted the city to seek experienced retirees to work part time to help fill vacancies. The Board of Aldermen on Tuesday approved Natchez Fire Department Chief Aaron Wesley’s request to hire part-timers. He said there are eight vacant NFD slots that need to be filled.

Wesley pointed to the constant difficulties of finding qualified firemen who want to work in such a low-paying job.

“We’re still losing people because this generation is looking for (better) jobs,” Wesley told the mayor and aldermen.

He noted 11 prospects recently took the test to be a Natchez firefighter but only two passed. One decided to go elsewhere and the other remains undecided on whether to join the NFD.

The Board of Aldermen began the current fiscal year in October giving the NFD’s 46 employees a seven percent pay raise to help retain and recruit firemen. The continued shortage of NFD staffers is forcing them to work overtime and get worn out, Wesley said.

Wesley said he hopes to find retired firemen who want to return on a part-time basis to earn some extra money. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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