DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The city of Dayton is asking people to join their men and women in uniform.
It’s part of the ongoing Choose Your Badge campaign looking for qualified Dayton Police and Fire officials.
The application opened at 8 a.m. Monday and already more than 200 people have applied.
It’s a job that comes with a lot of risks, but Dayton’s first responders are looking for other men and women willing to put their lives on the line.
“We’re in a business that never closes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” said firefighter and paramedic Jeremy Carnes.
The Choose Your Badge campaign is hoping to spark interest among people thinking about joining the force. It’s an effort by Dayton Police and Fire to fill the ranks.
“It’s a start in the right direction. It’s going to take a lot of people to fulfill a lot of the vacancies that we have here very shortly,” said Dayton Police Sgt. Steven Bauer.
As officials retire, they want to make sure those positions are filled, which is why they’re looking for people now.
“You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow, so having people on standby in a position ready to be hired just in case we do have a lot of retirements or have a lot of people being able to leave the job,” said Carnes. “Being able to replace those people as fast as possible is one of our primary concerns.”
Officials say the application is not a short process. They have to make sure each recruit is both physically and mentally fit for a job that comes with a lot of challenges.
“When I put my application in, I put my application in and it took me two years from the date of my application before I was actually in the Academy and it was another six months before I was out on the street as a firefighter,” said Carnes.
While, officials say it takes a lot of strength and dedication, they want to make sure they have the right people to lead and serve the community.
“People look at us to protect them and we owe it to the citizens,” said Sgt. Bauer.
If you would like to apply, for one of the positions click here.