Huge turnout for few firefighter openings in Ohio

More than 1,000 candidates took the test; Dayton has not hired firefighter or police officer since 2008

By Doug Page
The Dayton Daily News

DAYTON, Ohio — Nearly 1,100 applicants took the city's firefighter test Saturday. The city has between one and two dozen openings on the department.

Deputy City Manager Stan Earley said after Wednesday's City Commission meeting that the city was continuing to examine the General Fund budget before deciding on exactly how many firefighter jobs to create.

The city has not hired a police officer or firefighter since 2008 when the U.S. Justice Department challenged the city's testing and hiring methods. Following a consent decree, the city started its first Police Academy class of 24 in February. That class should graduate in August.

A date has not been set for a Fire Academy class.

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