On-call fire department volunteers working shifts

Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham, at last night’s Sunnyside Public Safety Subcommittee meeting, said on-call volunteer officers have filled a need at the Sunnyside Fire Department.

He said there are three volunteer lieutenants working on weekends as extra on-duty staff. The volunteers are on-call during the shifts and are given access to the department’s small pick-up truck.

Markham said they have been provided education regarding the city’s take-home vehicle policy.

When there is need for an extra staff member the volunteer is available, eliminating the need for the department to use a phone tree or a general alarm.

Markham said he is also happy with the volunteer staffing levels at the fire department.

He said interest in the volunteer firefighter program has increased since the new fire station was constructed.


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