One Tri-State fire department is now asking the community for help
Every day the community reaches out to local fire department's for help.
Today, one Tri-State fire department is now asking the community for help.
It's the sound of sirens that Casey Otten has heard every week for the last 12 years.
Becoming a firefighter for him was an easy choice.
"The biggest thing for me is the variety, every day coming to work, having something new," said Tri-Township Firefighter Casey Otten.
Otten's favorite part about the job is helping people.
"Whether it's a fire at their house or there is an EMS call or something as simple as helping them get their car unlocked or get into their house. As long as I'm helping someone, that's what I want to do," Otten added.
It's people like Otten the fire department looks for when hiring.
Especially now since the Tri-Township Fire Department is accepting applications.
"We are looking for people that are dedicated, people that we know that we can rely on, and be able to put the time in for the training," said Fire Chief Tom Bentley.
Fire Chief Tom Bentley says there is a shortage due to the amount of time it takes from applying to getting hired.
This time around, the fire department is fast tracking that process because they will have two openings by the end of fall.
"Every day is a fun day coming to work, it's something you''ll enjoy, it'll always something different, no two days are alike, and it's a great career with a lot of opportunity to have good friends," said Otten.
To apply to become a firefighter with the Tri-Township Fire Department drop by the station at 227 S 54th St, Quincy, IL 62305.
If you have any questions regarding the fire department call (217) 222-2142.