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Public safety agencies seek to attract needed reinforcements

With about 20 open positions in Harrisonburg Police Department and the fire department preparing to add a new station, the city is trying a host of strategies to attract new applicants for first responder jobs.

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With $600,000 grant, city fire dept to start community paramedicine program

In Lexington, Kentucky, ambulance calls have decreased almost 7% since the city implemented a community paramedicine program in 2018, according to a recent story in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Harrisonburg Fire Chief Matt Tobia hopes to see similar results locally when the city fire department launches its own program sometime in the coming year.

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City looks to add 15 new firefighters for new station. And there’s a plan to cover those salaries for 3 years.

The Harrisonburg Fire Department will move ahead with plans to add 15 new firefighters over the next year so they can begin training staff for the new fire station near EMU’s campus that is slated to open in January 2024. But the city might not have to cover their salaries until 2026.

This winter’s weather has tapped out city’s snow and ice funding

About a half-dozen snows — plus some sleet and ice — this winter have maxed out Harrisonburg’s quarter-million-dollar budget for winter weather, including for snow plowing and road salt.

Volunteers harness ingenuity and 3-D printers to make 2,800 face shields for health workers and first responders

Donating 1,200 clear plastic face shields to Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital was already a big undertaking, but a local group of volunteers with access to 3-D printers has kept going — producing protective equipment to donate to organizations and first responders, including more than 250 face shields to the Harrisonburg Fire Department.

‘Move over so our dad comes home’

The Harrisonburg Fire Department has been coming up with ways to engage residents in creative ways about serious topics, like preventing needless deaths of first responders.

Want to go behind the scenes with Valley-area first responders? There’s a podcast for that.

Inspired by one of the worst fires in this area in recent years, a veteran Harrisonburg firefighter has created a podcast aimed at clearing up some of the misconceptions about emergency services and allowing first responders tell their first-hand stories.

Hidden museum holds links to Harrisonburg’s fiery past

Although it was never his title or in his job description, Larry Shifflett was — and still is — a teacher with a heavy emphasis on local history. Shifflett headed the city’s fire department from 1983 to 2016, longer than any other city chief and, along the way, unintentially built a museum.

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