Maury County creates paid positions in all-volunteer staff - WKRN News 2

Maury County creates paid positions in all-volunteer staff

Posted: Updated: March 25, 2013 05:39 PM

A busy fire station in Middle Tennessee is transitioning from all volunteers to a partially-paid staff.

Maury County has added six full-time firefighters who will be paid to cover the growing area.

The fire house is able to pay the salaries of the firefighters thanks to federal grants.

"This guarantees that as soon as the tones go off in the middle of the night when everybody is sleeping, we are right here with the apparatus and it gets it out the door a lot faster," said Jamey Baysinger.

Baysinger, who has worked as a volunteer with the department for the past three and a half years, applied for one of the paid positions and got it.

"It's a true blessing to get your start as a paid firefighter with the department that actually trained you and gave you your start," said Baysinger.

The department has been a volunteer organization since it began in 1970.

The firefighters will work on a rotating schedule with two people at a time working 24-hour shifts.

All six individuals who were hired full-time were previously volunteers.

The department currently has more than 200 volunteer firefighters.

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