Savannah Fire and Emergency Services is almost ready to roll out a new recruitment program.
Fire chief Charles Middleton is putting the finishing touches on an organized effort to reach out to minorities and women. A few months ago, the chief addressed recruitment with Savannah city leaders and admitted recruiting wasn't all it should be. Now, it will get special focus, which council members are excited to see, and soon.
"You need a very targeted, a very definitive recruitment plan that involves recruiting today and recruiting for the future," Van Johnson, Savannah Mayor Pro-Tem, told WTOC. "Making sure they are creating opportunities for anyone who wants to be a firefighter, who meets the qualifications, to become a Savannah firefighter is very important."
Alderman Johnson says he is behind Chief Middleton's effort. WTOC will have much more from the Chief in the coming weeks as he announces more on his recruitment program plans.