Dallas Fire & Rescue Could Change Requirements For Military Applicants

Steven Pickering
June 13, 2018 - 5:59 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Dallas Fire & Rescue could change its hiring requirements to attract more veterans of the U.S. military.

The department currently requires applicants for its firefighter academy to have two years of college credit or four years of military experience. A policy up for a vote today would lower the military service requirement from four years to three.

"Three years makes a lot more sense," Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief David Coatney recently told members of the Dallas City Council. "That's the average term for a military member. A lot of people from the military...we're missing out on."

Other public safety departments, including the Dallas Police Department, have already adopted the three-year requirement to obtain credit for military service. "What we're trying to do is align ourselves with the Police Department," Chief Coatney said.

The Dallas City Council is scheduled to vote on the change at its meeting today.