GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A search is on for those who want to serve the community and save lives in Gulfport. It's not your average, everyday job and the Gulfport Fire Department is hoping to find some recruits up for a challenge.
Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt is looking for a new crop of firefighters to take on a job that will keep them on their toes.
"You could be doing something different on any day. You could be out saving somebody out on the water on the Gulf of Mexico. You might be fighting a fire. You might be restarting somebody's heart," said Beyerstedt.
The chief said the demand will likely be high this year to fill spots left by retirees and others leaving the department. Only the most qualified will get the job, and there's a process to go through before someone can be called a Gulfport firefighter.
According to Beyerstedt, it takes a special combination of character traits to join the ranks of the highly rated group of first responders.
"You've got to be able to be a member of a cross-functional team. You've got to have a community service spirit and want to help out your community," Beyerstedt said.
It's that community that Beyerstedt believes deserves the best protection and the best fire service available.
He's reminded of the quality of his team when he's out and about. It's that quality that he wants to keep among his firefighters.
"When people come up to me in the community and tell me how my guys have impacted their guys, I get a rush out of that," said Beyerstedt.
Applications are due at the end of this month, and the recruit test is on Nov. 1. To find out more, call the fire department at 228-868-5950 or visit the city's website here: http://bit.ly/2y7sEUY.