Tupelo Fire department taking applications

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Fire Chief Thomas Walker is taking applications, even though he doesn’t have any openings.
The fire department usually has several names in a hiring pool they can pull out when a job opening comes up. But lately the pool has been empty, so Walker decided to refill it.
The department has received 236 applications over the past few weeks for positions at the department. Walker said they are looking for male and female applicants.
“Having a pool of qualified applicants is very important for the department,” said Walker. “We need to be able to fill positions quickly, but with people who can do the jobs if we need them to. That’s why we always try to keep names in the pool.”
Walker said 236 applicants is the most the department has had at one time. Applicants will have to go through an interview process, as well as a physical fitness test. They will have to complete a 1.5 mile run in two minutes or less, do 25 push-ups, 35 sit-ups and seven pull-ups all in less than two minutes. Each applicant will be ranked on their performance and those with the highest ranks will be called first if an opening becomes available.
“When we do get an opening we want to make sure that we are able to pull from people who have the same qualifications,” said Walker. “We are in a job where having qualified people is very important.”
Last Friday was the last day to put in applications, but Walker said there is a chance that more applications will be taken later in the year.

Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.