Bradley County Firefighters Who Leave For Wacker “Will Create More Job Opportunities” says Mayor Gary Davis

CLEVELAND, TN, (WDEF)-Cleveland City Council held a planning budget meeting Monday. Firefighter turnover was a hot topic.

City mayor Tom Rowland tells News 12 they’ve lost one fire fighter in recent months but are doing all they can to retain their staff.

Cleveland City mayor Tom Rowland,"I think to provide them with the tools to work with, safety equipment and salary of course and as well as them looking forward to a good retirement goes a long way to maintaining your personnel."
     Wacker’s new billion dollar plant will require close to 30 on site private fire fighters.
      Many of whom will get paid more than some Bradley County firefighters.

Bradley County mayor Gary Davis acknowledges they are losing fire fighters but says this will give others an opportunity to join the Bradley County Fire Department.

Bradley County mayor Gary Davis,"If people can go better themselves by working with Wacker and still be in the firefighting business that’s a good thing, like I said it will also open up jobs for other people also."

Mayor Davis believes the reason some of their fire fighters are being taken is due to the high level of training and expertise  Wacker are recruiting for.

"Out of 60 something fire fighters to lose 4,5, 6,7 to someone like Wacker, we don’t want to do it, we don’t like to do it, but it’s to be expected."

Of the 5 Bradley County fire fighter roles vacated, all have been filled as of Tuesday evening says Fire Chief Troy Maney.

Mayor Davis added that Wacker is hiring for 600 roles and is also looking for chemical engineers.

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