Josh Ferrenburg was sworn in as the newest member of the Salem Fire Department Thursday afternoon. The department is now back to eight full time firemen.
Ferrenburg, who graduated from Columbus East in 2005, recently moved to Salem with his wife, Natalie, and their three girls, ages 6, 3, and 7 months.
When asked why he decided to come back to his home town, Ferrenburg said he just recently got out of the Army and wanted to raise his girls in the town where he grew up.
“It’s nice to be back,” he said.
Ferrenburg has been a volunteer with the City of Columbus Fire Department since 2006.
Fire Chief Tom Day said Ferrenburg will be a great addition to the department.
“You don’t always get someone with the experience he has,” said Day. “We are looking forward to having him.”
Ferrenburg fills the full time spot that was vacated by Matt Kidd. Kidd still works for the department on a part-time basis.
There were 10 qualified applicants who vied for the open position. They had to pass a physical, agility test, a written aptitude test and participate in an oral interview that was scored.