BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The Botetourt County Fire & EMS Department says they are looking to fill positions and have turned to an increased incentive to help draw qualified individuals to join their team.

The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors approved increasing starting pay during a meeting on Tuesday.

Now, entry-level positions will start at $40,000 per year.

Individuals with paramedic training will start at $45,000 per year.

Chief Jason Ferguson tells WFXR News that the department wanted to make Botetourt County’s pay competitive with surrounding areas – especially with staffing shortages being an issue across the country, due to the pandemic.

“Our call volume has steadily increased over that period of time and when you have less workforce or strains with workforce with people being out sick, we certainly don’t want to provide poor service because of that.”

Jason Ferguson, Botetourt County Fire & EMS Chief

The department is looking to fill several career positions and says it’s always open for volunteers.

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