Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 is hiring part-time firefighters.

Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 is hiring part-time firefighters.

Chief Todd Farley said one of the department’s weaknesses is staffing levels during daytime hours.

“We’re predominantly a volunteer department,” he said.

He said the department has “a good group of volunteers, but their availability isn’t necessarily during the day,” especially during the work week.

Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 provides fire department services to the city of Lansing and Delaware and High Prairie townships.

The department already employs full-time firefighters. And three of the full-time employees are assigned to each shift.

But the addition of part-time employees “will allow us to have at least four or five people on duty during the day,” Farley said.

Farley said part-time positions already have been offered to three volunteer members of Fire District No. 1. The chief is now looking to hire firefighters from outside of the department to fill additional part-time positions.

The chief said he hopes to fill eight or nine part-time positions in total.

Farley said he has talked with chiefs of other fire departments that have part-time employees, and he knows retention of part-time staff may be a challenge.

“There’s a little bit of a revolving door that goes with that,” he said.

But Farley said he is “hoping that we’re able to keep” the firefighters who are hired.

Fire District No. 1 is advertising the part-time positions at a time when Lansing city officials are looking to withdraw from the district.

Lansing City Council members have announced their intention to end their relationship with the district in June 2020.

Lansing officials plan to operate a city fire department in the future.

Farley said he has been assured by Lansing officials that current full-time employees of Fire District No. 1 will be hired by the city if the district is dissolved.

Farley said he assumes the part-time firefighter program also would remain intact “because it’s the best thing for the citizens.”

Fire District No. 1 officials have set a Feb. 13 application deadline for the part-time positions. Information about the positions can be found on the district’s website, www.lvcofiredistrict1.com

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