It is not unusual for a part-time firefighter to have a similar position in three different departments, but this makes it difficult for them to find time for paramedic training or other educational opportunities.
Vandalia sees applicants that are younger, 19 or 20 years old, who are at the beginning of their careers in fire service.
Vandalia requires applicants to have a certification as a Firefighter 1/EMT to be hired as a part-time or full-time employee at the department.
The city has money budgeted for each part-time and full-time employee at the fire department and will not fill any spots unless funding is already established.
The starting pay for the part-time positions is between $14 to $15 an hour.
“I tell anyone who asks that being a firefighter was the only job I ever wanted,” Follick said. “This is a job where you can make a positive difference in the lives of others on a daily basis.”