SOUTHWICK – The Southwick Fire Department is seeking applicants for two full-time positions for firefighter and paramedic. According to Southwick Fire Chief Russ Anderson, one position is for a firefighter and paramedic and the other position is a firefighter and paramedic captain’s position.
Filling the vacancies for these roles will help the department’s effort of going towards ALS (Advanced Life Support). During the last fiscal budget process in January 2017, Anderson announced to the Selectboard that adapting ALS would be the majority of the budget.
Currently, the fire department uses basic life support, which includes EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians) whereas ALS will allow paramedics to respond to a life-threatening situation by providing advanced levels of medical care.
For the two positions, qualified candidates must have a Massachusetts Paramedic Certification, a Firefighter I/II certification as well as a minimum of two years of structural firefighting and active 9/11 Paramedic experience.