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Applications increase for public-safety jobs in Richmond region

August 24, 2009 | Virginia News

News Image The ailing economy appears to be fueling an increased interest in public-safety jobs in the Richmond area, including among people who were laid off from positions in other fields.

Area police and fire-rescue agencies are reporting spikes in the number of job applications. Some job seekers who are unemployed -- or who expect they soon will be -- view government jobs as relatively stable options for the long term, officials say.

Because of a tight budget, Hanover County Fire-EMS is only filling "mission-critical" paid positions. But more people are signing up for volunteer slots that they hope will lead to paid jobs in Hanover or with other fire-rescue agencies, said Cris Leonard, volunteer membership coordinator.

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