'Trying to get the word out.' Milford FD puts out call to increase recruitment

The application process is open, but Battalion Chief Adam Hansen said only about 100 applications have come in so far.

Marissa Alter

May 13, 2023, 12:10 AM

Updated 371 days ago


The Milford Fire Department responds to about 9,000 calls for service each year, everything from fires to medical calls to water rescues. But now the department is facing a different kind of challenge—recruitment.
“The numbers across Connecticut have been down as of recent, so were trying to get the word out there,” said Battalion Chief Adam Hansen.
The application process is open, but Hansen said only about 100 applications have come in so far. Ten years ago, that number was between 300 and 400, according to officials. The drop comes during a time when staff is especially needed.
“Within the past two years, we've seen over a quarter of our department retire. And I'd say 24 out of about 112 of our members have less than a year on with the fire department,” Hansen told News 12.
He stressed that prior firefighter experience isn't necessary to be hired. Applicants just need to be 18 or older with a high school diploma or the equivalent, plus have a Connecticut driver’s license and obtain an EMT license by the time of appointment.
“When we do hire a firefighter, they get sent up to the Connecticut State Fire Academy where they will spend a rigorous 14 weeks learning how to be an entry level firefighter,” he explained.
Hansen has been with department for 16 years and said he believes it’s one of the best organizations in the state to work for.
“I truly think all of our firefighters show up to work in the morning with one thing on their mind. They want to train. They want to be prepared. They want to be able to provide the best service possible for the citizens of Milford,” he told News 12.
The deadline to apply is May 18. You can learn more about the job and application here.

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