MINOT, N.D. - If you've ever dreamed of becoming a firefighter, now might be your chance.
The Minot Fire Department recently opened up recruiting for those interested in joining the team.
Minot firefighter Austin Burns realized at an early age that he wanted to spend his career fighting fires.
"I did basically a ride-along with the fire department. I was a junior in high school and it really triggered my interest," Burns said.
The Minot Fire Department is looking for a few good men and women after recent turnover and retirements.
"Our department hires anyone with a high school diploma or a G.E.D., and 18-years of age and a valid driver’s license," Burns said.
Those interested will have the chance to meet current firefighters in the coming months.
"We just had a workout in the park, out at Oak Park. It went really well. We had about 25 people. We go to workshops at the college for career days and try to get college students or anyone else who walks through there," Burns said.
Burns says the Minot community supports its firefighters, citing a recent $20,000 grant to replace an old air compressor.
"It's something we use all the time. It's what we fill our SCBA packs with, our breathing air for going into fires," said Minot Fire Battalion Chief Glen Hardy.
When asked why anyone should join the team:
"I didn't really know going into it, but running calls and helping people, every day you go home and you're happy you've helped someone out. Now learning more and getting more experience, it's a great career opportunity," Burns said.
Opening the door for future firefighters in the Magic City.
Applications will go live on the city of Minot website July 30 and the process will be open through August 30.
You can find out more by contacting the Minot Fire Department.