MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Three of Berkeley County's five volunteer fire department chiefs were hired by the Berkeley County Commission on Thursday to work full-time for the county as firefighter/hazardous material technicians.
William T. "Tommy" Newcomb of Bedington, Daniel L. Petry of Back Creek Valley and Martin D. "Marty" Roberts of Baker Heights volunteer fire departments were chosen from nine people interviewed for the new positions.
Their employment with the Berkeley County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) is contingent upon completion of a background investigation and physical and drug-testing in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, Deputy County Administrator Alan Davis said.
Their annual salary will be $30,548. Davis said they could be on staff by mid-May.
The county received 17 applications for the new full-time positions. Davis said the county received interest from some "great" applicants.
Newcomb, Petry and Roberts have about 75 years combined experience in firefighting.