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Memphis Fire Department searches for new hires

The department will begin accepting applications for firefighter recruits on Wednesday, July 16. The recruitment process ends August 15.  (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5 file) The department will begin accepting applications for firefighter recruits on Wednesday, July 16. The recruitment process ends August 15. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5 file)
Memphis native Bakari Phillips is looking to leave Atlanta and head back home to Memphis; he hopes to be a part of the Memphis Fire Department's recruiting class. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Memphis native Bakari Phillips is looking to leave Atlanta and head back home to Memphis; he hopes to be a part of the Memphis Fire Department's recruiting class. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) – Memphis Fire Department is looking for new hires. The department will begin accepting applications for firefighter recruits on Wednesday, July 16. The recruitment process ends August 15.

Applicants must be between 21 and 40 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and must pass a comprehensive medical exam, written fire selection test, and a physical ability test.

Anyone interested can apply online at the City of Memphis website here:http://www.memphistn.gov/careers/main.html. An orientation is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 26 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center located at 255 North Main Street.

Memphis native Bakari Phillips is looking to leave Atlanta and head back home to Memphis; he hopes to be a part of the Memphis Fire Department's recruiting class.

"I was born and raised in Memphis, and my family was pretty much kind of involved with law enforcement, so me serving Memphis in that area would be a great honor," he said. 

Phillips says he comes from a family of service men and women from firefighters to police. He hopes to follow in their footsteps.
      
"I hope to see that they can actually bring some people in and new acts upon why people are leaving and try to straighten those things out," said Phillips. 

The recent decision of Memphis city leaders to cut health care and pensions has left angst among many, especially the firemen who protested outside city hall.

"That situation hurt me a lot, because I know what the people do for the city, and how the city people act, and that we need them, especially veterans in those situations in those departments," said Phillips.  

While he was disappointed to see the servicemen and women at odds with the city it didn't change his mind about coming back home to do his part. Phillips says he believes city council will ultimately make the right decisions concerning the lives of the men and women who serve them.

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