The Fire Science Program through the Rainsville Fire Department and DeKalb County Technology Center has already seen a hired fireman in its first year.
The program began last fall after the council, fire department and DeKalb County Board of Education worked in conjunction. The two-year course allows high school students to receive an Emergency Medical Responder certification when the student turns 18, with the possibility of dual enrollment at Northeast Alabama Community College.
On Monday, the city council approved to hire one of the students that has taken the course over the last school year. Chance Williams graduated from Plainview High School last month and is set to start a four-year contract with the city of Rainsville as a full-time firefighter.
Although he has only completed one year of the program, Fire Chief Willimac Wright said Williams will attend more training this year to begin as a career firefighter.
“Chance came in as a senior, so he was only with us one year,” Wright said. “The program is set up to be a two-year program. The program will only make him a certified volunteer, so to be a career fireman, he will still have to go to rookie school which will be this fall.”
Superintendent Jason Barnett attended the meeting to speak on the importance of the council’s decision and the impact the new program is already having on the community.
“I am excited and proud for this young man,” Barnett said. “I’m proud for the partnership that we’ve had, and when I first talked to [Councilman] Derek [Rosson] he was telling me about the position coming open and one of the prospects was one of our students, it really made me proud and excited for what we’ve done in ours and yours investment in it.”
The council unanimously voted to hire Williams at a pay rate of $11.69 an hour with a four-year contract with the city of Rainsville.
The council also:
•approved phase two sewer repairs in the Kilgore Subdivision for approximately $14,000.
• approved to move forward in the bidding process for the Boozer Bridge project, bids to close August 1.
• adopted Resolution 06-03-2019 declaring 1994 dump truck as surplus.
• approved repairs on the sidewalk at the Tom Bevill Enrichment Center to meet handicap accessibility requirements.
• approved the purchase of 15 round tables for the TBEC at $130 each.
• approved up to $700 worth of materials to repair the wall of the stage in the TBEC.
• approved the purchase of two lock boxes to be placed on exterior lighting controls at the TBEC.
• voted to table the discussion of a new account for TBEC rental safety deposit monies prior to renting.
• accepted the resignation of Stephen Shassberger from the police department, effective June 11, 2019.
• posted an open position for the police department for seven days.