Minot Fire Department combats turnover


In recent years the Minot Fire Department has seen they’re staff come and go now the department is making it a priority to change this.

“If you give them a job and you train correctly, they’re going to enjoy their job a lot more,” said training captain Austin Burns.

and that’s their focus this summer, providing staff with more training. hoping it will be a good start in keeping turnover down. 

“This summer is focused on driver operator the most important part is getting to the scene and filling water at a water scene so we have to train our individuals to do so,” said Burns. 

Austin Burns was recently appointed the training captain a new position at the department. 

 “It basically bridges the gap of communication between our chief officers and our working crew,” said Burns 

Burns makes sure all staff is well rounded and knows all the operations.

“We’re getting more in depth with our training and it’s definitely helped us for the future,” said Burns.

Like being a driver operator for instance it’s something firefighters tend to learn a couple years into their career because it’s a big task when it comes to responding to a fire. 

“Once we get on scene we have to make sure that we flow the correct amount of water so crews inside can fight the fire effectively and efficiently and keep everybody safe,” said Burns. 

“We’re learning on pumping, pressures, proper pressures, going up the ladder, we’ve been doing aerial ops down the street here,” said firefighter Shaun Gilliss.

Gilliss has been with the department for two years now — he says the high turnover puts stress on the whole team. 

“You have to learn a lot quicker, move up a lot quicker, a lot more is expected of you,” said Gilliss.

but agrees that the new training method could be the key to keeping the department staffed.

The Minot Fire Department is only short one member this summer.

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