HUNTINGTON - The Huntington Fire Department now has one more member.

Jonathan Dingess, 32, was honored Thursday during a brief hiring ceremony at City Hall.

Dingess has previous fire service experience and will now undergo training and a one-year probationary period.

New recruits are put through a number of exercises during their nine weeks of training and testing at the Tri-State Fire Academy, including search and rescue, ladder drills and bunker drills, which are completed while carrying roughly 75-80 pounds of gear.

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