The Cardinal Joint Fire District may be adding five to its ranks for the start of 2013.
According to CJFD Assistant Chief Matt Rarick, the five were hired in November, and since then has been involved in testing and training. They will have to log in 50 hours of training on emergency medical procedures and pump operations. They are also required to put in 10 hours behind the wheel of one of the district's fire trucks.
"You may see the trucks driving around and that is part of that requirement," Rarick said.
The five new hires include Miranda Buenta, Wilson Carroll III, Josh McHenry, Andrew Hollis and J.R. Warren. McHenry and Hollis already hold a paramedics license and the remaining three are presently in school for their licenses.
"By the end of 2013 we will have added five new paramedics," Rarick said.
CJFD Chief Don Hutchison said the five still have to pass a physical test to ensure they can handle the equipment and make a rescue. Once they have passed that, they will become part-time firefighters. If all five make it, the district's numbers will rise to 42.
"We needed them to get our staffing back to over 40," Rarick said.
That number will allow the district to add one 12-hour shift to Saturday and Sunday at Station 1 on Lisbon Street. Rarick said during the week, there are four firefighters, himself and the fire chief, making for six people on staff. During the weekends, the chief and assistant are off, so the additional part-timers will allow for five to work the weekends.