You’ve probably seen them around the city or responding to an emergency, maybe in your own neighborhood. Perhaps you’ve asked yourself “I wonder what it takes to be part of that team?” We will attempt to address some of the questions you may have. We are always looking for new members. If you’ve got what it takes, contact us at 251-626-8876, or use this Online Form.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
I WANT TO VOLUNTEER BUT I DON’T HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE. IS THAT A PROBLEM?
Absolutely not! Most volunteers come to the fire department without any prior emergency response experience. We provide weekly in-house training sessions as well as outside training classes.
WILL THE WEEKLY TRAINING CLASSES PROVIDE ME WITH EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW?
Probably not. In addition to our weekly classes, our volunteers gain knowledge and experience from on the job training. We emphasize safety and never ask a volunteer to perform tasks, which are beyond his/her ability or skill.
DOES BEING A VOLUNTEER TAKE MUCH TIME?
We have weekly training drills (Tuesday nights) from 6:30PM-930PM. We ask that volunteers attend at least 50% of the weekly drills. Additionally we have a workday on the 3rd Saturday once a quarter. The workday is usually from 8AM-12Noon depending on the amount of help and the project involved.
WHY SHOULD I VOLUNTEER?
Probably the best reason is that your community needs you! Other reasons may be that you enjoy helping others and you get satisfaction from a job well done.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME TO BE A VOLUNTEER?
We hope the money spent is minimal. We provide each volunteer with a complete set of personal protective equipment. We also provide each volunteer with a radio pager. After six months of service, volunteers are eligible for a dress uniform. The department provides the pants, shirt and badge. Each volunteer must provide his/her nametag, black shoes, and black belt. Other items such as long sleeve tee shirts sweatshirts and vehicle tags may be purchased at the volunteer’s option.
WHAT TYPE OF CALLS CAN I EXPECT TO GO ON?
Our fire department responds to approximately 500 calls a year. We handle a variety of calls ranging from structure fires to motor vehicle accidents. We respond to all motor vehicle accident in our area. We may be called to assist an EMS unit with a medical emergency or help land a medical helicopter. Naturally, during severe weather the request for our service increases. We have assisted the police department in searches and traffic direction as well.