How to Become a Volunteer Firefighter
The fire and rescue service is one of the most diverse and challenging professions known today. It is this diversity that inspires men and women to enter the service - as volunteers, paid-call firefighters or career employees. Imagine having to train to prepare yourself to cope with situations that range from structure fires to motor vehicle accident to hazardous chemical spills to heart attacks and almost any other possible emergency situation in between. This diversity is coupled with the fact that these skills may be needed at any time of day, seven days a week, in any kind of weather, and very often under potentially stressful and emotional circumstances. These factors contribute to our profession being personally very rewarding.
Our primary goal is to protect the public. This is accomplished in two ways:
- a. The first is to prevent fire emergencies from occurring. This is done through fire prevention, inspections, fire safety education and code enforcement programs.
- b. Secondly, we are here to prepare ourselves to control fire emergencies and assist at medical emergencies. This is done through education, training, pre-incident planning, more training, state-of-the-art equipment and more training. We are a paramilitary profession working in a "hurry up and wait" environment.
This business is not for everyone. You need more than just a desire to help people. You also need courage and dedication, assertiveness and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges. The fire and rescue service is not for the meek or timid or for those who lose control of their emotions during times of crisis. Our service is one that calls on its members to perform hot, sweaty, dirty, strenuous work, often in uncertain and hazardous environments.
The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the fire and rescue service are often beyond description. There is a sense of accomplishment after controlling a building fire, joy and elation when a child is rescued, compassion for accident victims and fulfillment in teaching fire safety. The list goes on and on.
The bottom line in our business is measured by the loss of life, pain and suffering, and property damage we have prevented and reduced. We exist and are prepared for one reason only: to provide service to the community.
If you feel you have what it takes to meet the challenges of our business, we welcome you to join us.
If you are interested in serving your community as a volunteer firefighter, click on the link below or for more information please call 250 248-3242.