By TERRY L. MAY
Following an hour-long executive session concerning the hiring of additional staff for the city's fire department, the Williamson City Council added two persons to the firefighters roll.
Selected from the firefighters list of eligible candidates were Brandon Hager and Matthew Hatfield.
"I know this was a tough hour," Williamson Mayor Darrin McCormick told the two candiates. "But, everyday is tough and and it is not going to get better."
However, McCormick said the city has certain standards it must meet and that its citizens expect a high standard of services.
Among those standards is the level of fire and police protections the city affords its citizens. Recently, new officers were added to the police department and now in turns additions have been made to the fire department.
Several members of the fire department were on hand for last week's council meeting to show support for the potential hires.
"We have the best EMTs and paramedics in Mingo County," said Fire Chief Jerry Mounts. "We have 15 EMTs and several of those are paramedics."
Mounts also reminded the council of the upcoming fire school slated for next month. He said the event will be conducted at the Williamson campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. This is the fourth year the fire school has been held in Williamson and normally draws attendance of fire departments from three states.