The City of La Vergne just got a little safer.
The fire department has hired 11 new firefighters who will be part of a new third shift.
They started work this week and are in the process of orientation. Many of the men have previous fire training and came to La Vergne from other fire departments in the surrounding area.
In December, the city purchased its fire department which had previously been privately owned.
It was one of only two cities in the entire state that didn’t own its fire department.
The purchase allowed the city to apply for grants to hire additional staff.
The larger department should help cut down on response times to keep residents safer, according to city leaders. It will also allow firefighters to work shorter hours.
“We’ve seen growth in La Vergne and we hope to continue to serve citizens the best we can. By increasing manpower I think we can do that,” said Assistant Chief Chris Clark.
The new hires will train for another few weeks.
Later this month, the fire department will continue to grow when a group of 11 volunteer firefighters come on board.
- Dec. 31, 2013: La Vergne purchases fire department for $4 million