Paid responders

Airway Heights hires four firemen

CHENEY - The city has hired four new paid, non-volunteer firefighters who joined the team after an induction ceremony on April 3.

Jon McCormick, Jakob Chamberlain, Zach Newcomb and Ethan LaBell are the first paid firefighters in the department's history, according to Chief Mitch Metzger.

Metzger said that the volume of calls for fire service have gone up and volunteerism has not kept up with the demand.

"So we had to make some changes to facilitate the needs of the community." Metzger said.

The city council approved the fire department's request to fund these positions in March of 2023.

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