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Laid Off Firefighters Get a Second Chance

Laid Off Firefighters Get a Second Chance

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The Shreveport Times via YellowBrix

March 17, 2010

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover joined Crawford and the Fire Department staff Tuesday in welcoming the new recruits aboard. Glover called the group history makers, the first members of an abbreviated class. City officials have been working to develop a lateral transfer program as part of its cost cutting measures, the mayor said. And at the same time administrators have sought ways to hire qualified, experienced individuals.

“Each of you have a $20,000 bill posted across the top of your forehead,” Glover told the recruits. “That’s $20,000 the city is about to save if this effort is successful. … Thank you for accepting this challenge.”

Aside from the $160,000 for training, Crawford said the city saved an additional $40,000 for processing previous records, evaluations and background checks.

“This is a win for the city of Bossier, the city of Shreveport and these firefighters and their families,” Crawford said. “We are honored to have them.”

The new recruits are: John Canyon Roan, Christopher Michael Pascoe, Brady Hunter Cartwright, Dylan Tyler Mills, Brian Tyrell Jones and Jeremy Wayne Lewing, all of Bossier City; Michael Coile of Natchitoches and Logan David Kerr of South Bossier Parish Fire District.