The Brazil City Board of Works and Public Safety has selected new firefighters to replace three department veterans who will retire at the end of the year.
The board will reveal the names of the newly hired firefighters sometime in November, according to Brazil Fire Chief Tobey Archer. The successful applicants are awaiting final approval from the Indiana Public Employee Retirement Fund. Their selection marks the end of a screening process that began in March.
The Firefighters Pension Board of Trustees performed an initial screening of the pool of 19 applicants, administering agility tests, aptitude tests and personal interviews. Archer aided the FPBT in selecting eight candidates for consideration by the Board of Works. After an additional battery of screenings, the board selected three of the eight finalists to join the Brazil City Fire Department.
"We had a better list to choose from than I've ever experienced," Archer said. "All of these candidates had great potential."
Departing firefighters Sammy K. Raybould, Ernest W. Parr and Darwin R. Parr are each 30-year department veterans. Archer said they will be difficult to replace.
"I feel fortunate to have had the chance to work with these members. Their advice and guidance will remain with me in my career as a firefighter," he said. "It will leave a void for the department and we'll have to struggle to fill their presence and dedication within the department."
In accordance with Indiana law, the selected candidates must complete a one-year probationary period before becoming full members of the department. Archer said he is confident all three candidates will pass muster with the department.
"These probationary firefighters have a solid work background and a genuine desire to serve the public," he said. "I feel they will be an asset to the department and a vital part of the service and protection we provide to the community."