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South Bend Fire Department recruiting firefighters


The South Bend Fire Department employs 251 firefighters, but they are looking for more and accepting applications.

Men and women interested in joining the South Bend Fire Department came out to the Kroc Center for a recruitment event Saturday.

There were two sessions held this morning for anyone wanting to know the requirements and application process for becoming a firefighter.

The presentation covered everything from what kind of training they would go through, the schooling applicants would receive and what the background check entails.

Assistant Chief John Corthier says one of the most important aspects when filling out the application is to include everything that is asked for. ,"When people eliminate information on the application and we find these things out later, it's not the fact that they lied, they just didn't tell the truth. We find that out and then they're eliminated," says Corthier.

Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 35 when they are sworn in.

They should also have a high school diploma or GED as well as a clean driving record and criminal record and be in good physical shape.

The deadline to submit the application is May 30th.

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