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Brookline Fire Protection District begins hiring new firefighters after tax levy approved

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 11:13 AM CDT
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BROOKLINE, Mo. (KY3) - The Brookline Fire Protection District is now hiring.

Voters approved a 50-cent tax levy increase in August that will allow the district to hire additional firefighters.

The district, covering parts of west Springfield and the Republic area, reports an increase in call volume in recent years. The fire department’s board recently added four full-time staff to the previously all volunteer department.

The tax levy increase will allow them to create six new full-time positions. The district opened up the application process about a week ago and will continue accepting applications for about another week before hiring begins. The chief plans to add three more positions after 2022.

Firefighters will work 48 hour shifts. Applicants must have passed Firefighter I and II. The chief prefers applicants also have EMT-B, but it is not required.

“This is new history for us, and we’re excited to be here,” said Jamie Kilburn, Brookline Fire Chief. “We really appreciate the trust the public has put into us, and that’s the only reason we’re able to do this today.”

Some of the funding from the tax levy increase will also go to things like equipment. The fire district would also eventually like to more strategically locate its fire stations. Brookline Fire hopes to be fully staffed, with firefighters on duty around the clock, by January. It should improve the district’s response times.

“With people here full time, it takes off 5 to 7, maybe even 8 or 10 minutes in some cases, of response time,” Kilburn says. “That was time the volunteers were responding to the station.”

The district will also continue its volunteer firefighter program.

If you are interested in applying for one of the open positions, visit the district’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BrooklineFire/ or reach out to Captain of Operations, Will Glenn at wglenn@brooklinefpd.com for an application.

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