Belton: Fire department still short-staffed

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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) It’s been nearly a month since Belton firefighters took to social media to ask city leaders for better pay and benefits.

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The president of the Belton Professional Fire association, David Holloway, says one of his firefighters just left for Round Rock and two others are interviewing for jobs in Georgetown this week.

Holloway says firefighters are working 48 hours at a time on a regular basis.

The city has hired four new firefighters but still has four other openings to fill.

In order to attract more recruits the city has changed its hiring requirements.

“We're relaxing the requirements to get a larger applicant pool. This opportunity to test will consider people that don't have certification and help them get those certifications after hire for the right candidate,” spokesman Paul Romer said.

The next firefighters test is Dec. 10.