Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter
What would you do if your home caught on fire and you called for a firetruck, but there wasn’t anyone there to help? This can happen if there aren’t enough firefighters around, which is why local volunteer firefighters are so desperately needed.
Recently, the demand for volunteer firefighters has gone up, but recruitment has declined. This leaves many departments understaffed. If you volunteer to help, it not only enriches your life, but also benefits your community. More than 75% of volunteers met the people they consider their best friends through volunteering at local fire departments. It becomes like family.
Marcellus Fire Department Needs Volunteers
We are looking for both men and women, and even husband and wife teams, with a huge variety of skills, including (but not limited to):
- Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance
- Facilities Maintenance
- Secretarial or Administrative
- Landscape and Lawn Care
- Community outreach
- Fire Alarm System Contractors
- Fire Sprinkler Contractors
- Truck Drivers
- Husband and wife teams
Do You Want to Know How to Get Started?
Becoming a firefighter is a common dream of many children, but come adulthood, only a few follow through. If your dream is still there, we can help make it a reality. We can help train you and teach you how to most effectively help your community. As a smaller town, we rely on volunteers to help when an emergency arises. This can include firefighting duties, offering assistance to other departments, and even support the career firefighters out there also putting their lives on the line. While it may not offer much in terms of financial rewards, the community and camaraderie benefits make it a worthwhile experience for everyone.
What You May Need to Do While On Duty
There are many duties that volunteer firefighters may have to perform. In essence, the job is very similar to a career firefighter. You will help extinguish fires, prevent some from spreading, relocate and remove victims of a fire, administer first aid, and more.
Emergency firefighting duties are both challenging and physical. In emergency situations, volunteer firefighters should expect to extinguish and prevent fires as well as administer first aid. Duties also include rescuing victims from cars or buildings, carrying fire hoses upstairs or ladders, and breaking down doors. Volunteer firefighters usually perform all of these tasks while wearing heavy protective clothing in dangerous, smoky and hot environments.
The Advantages of Being a Volunteer Firefighter
by Neil Kokemuller
In many communities, the need for firefighters exceeds the available budget for employees. Thus, stations rely on support from volunteer firefighters who get the required training, which includes first aid and CPR, as well as emergency rescue. Despite not being paid, being a volunteer firefighter can provide a number of benefits.
Some smaller fire departments are largely staffed by volunteer firefighters. However, in larger communities, volunteering at your local fire station is a common step toward becoming a career firefighter. In comparing candidates for a full-time job, a fire chief would likely give weight to a person who has already completed the station’s mandatory training and proven herself as a valuable team member and contributor in fire and rescue situations.
When you volunteer, you typically have greater control over your level of involvement and commitment. Fire stations do normally have minimum monthly hour requirements for volunteers for consistency in operations and scheduling. However, it is up to you whether you want to work the minimum time or take on extra shifts or calls. This makes it easier to volunteer around other jobs and family responsibilities.
Volunteer firefighters also receive several indirect or intangible benefits. First, you get training in safety and rescue procedures that you can use outside of firefighting. You also get the thrill and excitement of putting out fires and helping with emergency response rescues. While the level of involvement for volunteers varies, you may get the chance to help in diverse situations, including fires, flood relief, accident response, water rescues and airplane crashes.
- Property tax reductions
- State income tax benefits
- Free health checkups
- Free insurance
- College tuition reimbursement
- Free equipment and training
- Service pensions, some states have volunteer pensions where you receive a pension upon retirement after serving a certain number of years.
For details on the benefits available in your community, speak with the recruitment coordinator at your local fire department.
(from: Neil Kokemuller and http://www.suffolksbravest.com/benefits.html )
Call or visit your local Volunteer Fire Department today and learn about the many benefits of being a volunteer.
Interested candidates can pick up an application for membership,
6:30-9:00pm ANY Tuesday at the
Marcellus Volunteer Fire House located at 4242 Slate Hill Rd, Marcellus, NY 13108
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