Nine new firefighters approved in Elk River

Nine new probationary on-call firefighters have joined the Elk River Fire Department. The Elk River City Council approved their hiring Monday. They are: Jacob Collins, Garrett Erdman, Zachary Hoffman, Chad Kreuser, Joseph Libor, Sandy Meredith, Casey Neumann, Kenneth Smith and Brandon Vito.

The new probationary firefighters will begin the Elk River Fire Academy, an in-house training program, that will prepare them for state certification testing, according to Fire Chief T. John Cunningham. Once they complete the academy, they will be administered the oath of office and receive their badges.

There were 24 applicants.