Hopefuls line up for Chandler Fire Dept. recruitment

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CHANDLER -- People lined up Monday for the chance to possibly join the Chandler Fire Department.

Monday morning's recruitment drive is part of a joint effort by Chandler, Scottsdale and Tempe.

According to Battalion Chief Paul Nies of the Chandler Fire Department, about 50 people even camped out Sunday night to make sure they had places in line.

"We're very impressed by this turnout," he said. "We have a lot of good qualified candidates showing up. That makes it good and bad. It's hard decision when we get down to who's going to be on the team."

While there are no open positions right now, qualified applicants will be placed on eligibility list.

"When we do have opportunities -- and we may have them with some grant opportunities -- but the timeframe we have to react to grant opportunities is so small that having this portion [of the application process] out of the way is very, very critical for us," Nies explained.

Candidates only have to attend and register at one of events listed below.

April 19, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
Chandler Fire Training Center
3550 S. Dobson Road
Chandler, AZ 85248

April 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Scottsdale Stadium
7408 E. Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Each event is limited to the first 670 people to register on site.

Proof of the following minimum qualifications is required at time of the written test check in. Candidates must:

* Be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
* Have a high school diploma or equivalent GED.
* Show a current/valid Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate for the State of Arizona or National Registry, or proof of current enrollment in an EMT class.
* Valid Drivers License

You may be required to attend a six-week internship evaluation process. All times and dates are subject to change.

For more information, check out the FAQs on the Chandler Fire Department's Web site.