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Bozeman Fire Department Continues to Grow

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BOZEMAN - As the city of Bozeman continues to grow, so does the Fire Department.

This week, two new firefighters started in the academy.

"I'm very excited. It's a great opportunity, a really good group of people to work with and an excellent organization to be a part of," said Thaddeus Josephson, Recruiting Bozeman Firefighter.

"The fire services is where I've always wanted to start and end my career, so anything in the fire service, I just love to do," said Jonethan Paulson, Recruiting Bozeman Firefighter.

With the two new additions, the department now has 36 firefighters.

"We've created three new positions, so that's part of the growing," said Sean Grabbe, Bozeman Fire Department Training Officer. "We've had some retirements, so that has created some positions."

Grabbe said the department plans to hire three more firefighters by the end of year.

"We had a long time period where we didn't hire anybody about 15 years ago," said Grabbe. "Now, there's a huge gap of guys that are retiring."

The two new hires will be on probation period for a year, practicing and improving their skills and doing drills.

"In the first five to six weeks of the fire academy, we teach them how to pull hoses, wear their bunker gear, make sure they know how to use a chain saw and ladders," said Grabbe.

Grabbe said he's looking forward to training the guys in the upcoming weeks.

"I'm looking forward to putting them to work. I think they have great enthusiasm, positive attitudes and I think they'll be a great addition to the department," said Grabbe.

Both guys are looking forward to the training and the new road ahead of them.

"When I'm given the opportunity to help a fellow citizen through their worse moments, it really gives me a strong sense of pride and feeling of accomplishment," said Josephson.

"I'm looking forward most to just a new change and challenges within my career," said Paulson. "I'm excited to get a jump on a good career with a great group of guys in Bozeman."

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