Some Lake Waccamaw town employees are wearing new hats – firefighter hats.
The newly re-opened fire department draws about a quarter of its members from town staff.
Employees who join the department and respond to at least 90 percent of calls will receive $2,500, Mayor Daniel Hilburn explained.
Ten town staffers took the incentive. They work in various departments including administration, public works, and the police department, according to Town Manager Darren Currie.
He said the employees will ensure the department responds quickly to fire calls during the day, when many of the station's volunteers are at work.
Lake Waccamaw Police Chief Scott Hyatt is among the town employees who joined the fire department. He positioned his new turnout gear just feet from the desk in his office.
"You never know when it's going to happen. The calls come in at any time," Hyatt said. "Hopefully they won't need me, but if they do, we'll be ready."
The fire department re-opened Tuesday after being closed by the state fire marshal's office six months ago.
The department failed inspection in December due to problems with its roster and equipment.
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