Altoona (WQOW) - As the City of Altoona continues to grow, one local fire department is fighting to keep its staff size from shrinking.
WQOW News 18 first told you in December about the Altoona Fire Department's needs to fill vacant positions. Since hanging a giant banner seeking applicants 2 ½ weeks ago, the department has already received about 20 applications. Fire Chief Jesse James says three firefighters resigned in 2014, two in December alone. He told WQOW News 18 some resigned for family related reasons and that others did not meet certain requirements, like completing 14 hours of training and attending at least one quarterly department meeting. Chief James says the department will start processing applications on Monday. They plan to have a complete list of hired applicants at the next city council meeting on January 22nd.