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Toledo Fire & Rescue needs recruits

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo Fire & Rescue is looking to recruit between 30 and 150 people. The department always has a big response but they expect this year to be even larger after the recent deaths of two Toledo firefighters.

"It would be an absolute lie to say I didn't come to work and feel rewarded on an everyday basis," said Captain Daniel Brown-Martinez.

More than a thousand are expected to apply, with most searching for a new career and others inspired by our city's heroes.

March 26 will mark two months since Steve Machcinski and Jamie Dickman were killed in the line of duty. TFD says there has been an influx of people wanting to pursue the career after the tragedy.

Martinez has been part of TFD for 13 years. He passed on college scholarships, became a recruit, and in the process, gained a career and family.

"Brothers and sisters in arms, we go through a lot of good times and we definitely go through a lot of bad times together. We see tragedy on a day-to-day basis. And we get through that by referring to each other and leaning on each other's shoulders. And we become a family," said Brown-Martinez.

Now is your opportunity to become part of that family and brotherhood. TFD is looking to fill two to three classes over a two-year span. The first class would graduate in early 2015.

Applications will be accepted from April 25 at 12 a.m. through May 9 at 11:59 p.m. Applications can be filed online or by visiting Toledo Fire & Rescue's headquarters at the corner of Huron and Orange on the following dates and times:

-Saturday, April 26 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

-Tuesday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

-Thursday, May 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

-Monday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

-Wednesday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

In-person application at Toledo Fire & Rescue is not required.

The written examination will be held on Saturday, May 31 at 9 a.m. at the SeaGate Centre in downtown Toledo. The written exam will take about five to six hours to administer. Picture identification must be provided to be admitted to the test. Cell phones will not be permitted in the exam room.
 
"It's a great opportunity to not only serve your community and give contributions to the place you live in, but also be educated at our expense," explained Chief Luis Santiago.
 
The basic requirements are simple:
 
-You must be at least 18, but not more than 34 on the date of the examination
 
-You must possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate
 
Other skills are a plus.

"The ability to adapt and think on your feet. The ability to be willing to learn because it's such a dynamic career. That, as I've said before, no two days are the same," said Deputy Chief Brian Byrd.

Santiago says don't let the number of people applying turn you away. He says if you put your mind to it and dedicate yourself to the process, you will do well.

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