The Greenville Fire Department could gain up to six part-timers.

Councilman Brian Shipley, head of the personnel committee, told his colleagues Tuesday a number of strong applicants have been interviewed and have completed the Civil Service process.

Council members agreed to authorize Borough Manager Ryan T. Eggleston to hire up to six part-timers, which is in line with the new firefighters’ contract, Shipley said.

Eggleston said borough officials are reviewing the department’s staffing to determine how many firefighters should be hired.

The department has five full-timers, who belong to Local 1976 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, a chief and several volunteers.

The three-year contract was settled Jan. 13 after years of conflict and says the department can respond to fire calls in the borough only if two firefighters are available, but it’s not required for two of them to be on duty at all times.

Council members have said hiring more firefighters depends on what makes the most sense financially because Greenville is in Act 47, the state’s debt recovery program for financially distressed communities.

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