The Anchorage Fire Department is hoping to hire between 18 and 25 new firefighters. The department said it wants to hire a diverse group of individuals who have a passion for helping their neighbors.

“The best part about the job, I would say, would be working with a body of people who genuinely care about others,” said Mia Carson, AFD’s training administrator.

The training process begins with a five-week-long fire academy, followed by a 450-day training period in the field. Recruits become official firefighters after that point.

“This testing process, it works both ways,” Carson said. “It’s for the applicant to measure whether or not they can see themselves really doing this job, and it’s a way for us to measure to see if an applicant is ready to do the job, as well.”

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or a GED.

“We’re looking for individuals who can perform and do the job emotionally, mentally, [and] physically in scenes where there are emergencies, as well as in the community and in the firehouse,” Carson said.

AFD last had a new class of firefighters about one year ago. Salaries for firefighters start at $56,000 and top out at $91,000, according to Carson.

The application can be found on the Municipality of Anchorage’s job website. It is due Jan. 31, 2017 by 5 p.m.

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