The Columbus Department of Fire and EMS is facing a slight shortage of over 30 people so far this year.
The Fire Marshal Ricky Shores says operations have been difficult, with finding the right people capable of having the skill sets for both fire and emergency medical services. Retirement and the affordability in the community also plays a role in people leaving the business. As the need for responders continues to plummet, the department faces other obstacles with their service vehicles. Those who serve in the department says it’s a huge commitment to be a part of the fire and ems, working 24 hours and 7 days a week in the field.
“I love what I do, I love impacting my community and I love educating my community and overall I love just serving my community,” says Courtney Brown, 8-year Firefighter EMT Advanced.
“We do the best we can try to keep them here and make sure they are engaged in the decision-making process in their job. We try to treat them right and we have some outstanding employees here and we are glad to have them, we’re fortunate to have them,” says Ricky Shores, Columbus Fire & EMS.
Shores says typically there are 95 to 105 employees out in the field within the fire and EMS division.
The department is recruiting for new employees by going to surrounding schools and talking with the students about the career.