Want to be a fire fighter? Lewisburg Fire has classes for you

Friday, September 8, 2017
The Lewisburg Fire Department is looking for a few good men and women, interested in a career as a fire fighter. The department is offering the first two classes required for certification beginning next week. Classes are open to the general public and Chief Larry Williams hopes to offer the top students in the class on call positions with the department. In this photo from January, LFD fights a house fire on West Commerce Street.
Tribune file photo by Scott Pearson

At some point, everyone has probably thought about being a fire fighter.

The Lewisburg Fire Department will offer that opportunity to the general public.

LFD will offer the first two classes required for certification beginning next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Lewisburg Gas Department.

The two classes, one 16-hour introduction to the basics of fire and emergency service and a 64-hour class covering operations and concepts of fire fighting, meet the minimum requirements required for certification as a fire fighter in Tennessee.

Normally, Lewisburg Fire Chief Larry Williams said, classes like these are available at the state Fire Academy, but Lewisburg has qualified instructors able to offer the training.

“This is the first time ever that we’ve opened these classes up to the general public,” said Williams. “We want to give people the opportunity to get in and see what its like and if they want to pursue a career in it.”

Williams said that they hoped to have as many as 30 participants for the classes.

“We are going to be evaluating these people as they go through these classes,” said Williams, “and hopefully if we have enough we are going to pick the top 10 in the class and offer them a paid, on call position.”

No positions are guaranteed but the department hopes that an additional 10 responders can fill out their roster while also giving the candidates a chance to get their foot on the first rung of the career ladder in the fire service.

“We’re hoping a few stand out above the rest,” said Lewisburg Assistant Chief Jason Davis. “It’s not going to be an easy class.”

Davis said that he got his start with the Lewisburg department as an on call fire fighter.

On call members train with the department every month and are paged when the department receives structure fire calls.

Williams and Davis hope that the class helps the county’s volunteer fire departments as well.

The eight volunteer departments are always looking for qualified members for their rosters.

Volunteer fire fighters from South Marshall VFD, Chapel Hill VFD, and from Lincoln County are expected to attend in order to become certified.

Williams started his career with the volunteer department in Mooresville.

Training in the fire service never stops either.

After the 64-hour class, Williams plans to offer a fire fighter survival class as well for the successful candidates.

“We’re excited ready to get this started,” said Davis, although Williams added that it would make for a long two months.

“It gets into your blood and you can’t get it out,” said Davis of a career as a fire fighter.