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May 2016 Stats

Red Oak Station 51 finished the month of May 2016 with 16 calls for service. This brings our year to date total to 57 calls.

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April 2016 Stats

Red Oak Station 51 responded to 11 calls for service in the month of April 2016. This brings our yearly total to 41 calls for...

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How to get involved with your local volunteer fire department


Getting involved with your local volunteer fire department is an incredibly rewarding way to make a positive contribution to your community. And it is often a stepping stone to starting a career on a full-time fire department.

That said, it’s not something that everyone can undertake. It takes a great deal physical stamina and mental strength to make this kind of commitment.

You’ll be expected to keep a clear head in life-or-death situations and maintain your composure when assisting traumatic events like auto crash injuries and fatalities without becoming disabled by stress. You also will be required to put yourself in extremely dangerous situations, such as going into burning buildings, crawling through tight spaces and entering other hazardous environments.

Most volunteer fire departments want you to devote a minimum amount of time to service, so make sure you have time in your schedule and the flexibility to make that work. It also means that you must have the time to devote to the requisite training course. The length of the training can vary by state and the level of certification required — a Firefighter I certification may take six months of attending class two days per week.

You must also commit to staying in great physical condition to maintain the stamina to perform the necessary firefighting tasks. Eat right, exercise and reduce or eliminate habits that can adversely affect your health, like tobacco and alcohol use.

The first step in becoming a part of your local volunteer fire department is to make contact with them to see if they need additional volunteers. Not all communities have volunteer fire departments. If yours doesn’t, you can probably find another one nearby that does. However, some have residency requirements.

When contacting a local fire department, always call their non-emergency number so you don’t tie up the dispatcher with your call. Many fire stations will welcome you to drop in if they’re not busy. You can talk with them about becoming a volunteer and gain some insider information.

They might even let you ride along with them or tour their fire station, so you can get a better idea of what’s involved in the working in fire safety. They can also direct you to the proper authorities to help you get signed up.

Application process

Once you’ve found the right volunteer fire department, you’ll need to find out their requirements for service to see if you qualify. The standards vary widely, but they all have a minimum age requirement.

Many will do a background check to see if you have anything in your history that would prevent you from becoming a volunteer firefighter. Expect to be required to be cleared by a doctor or pass a physical ability test, some departments require both.

If your application is approved, the next step is to take the training course. The time requirement of these programs varies, but all firefighters must take a minimum 110-hour NFPA-certified (National Fire Protection Association) course.

Becoming a member of a volunteer fire department is more than preparing to fight fire. There are many other functions and responsibilities that you can volunteer to help with such as fund raising, office work, maintaining and cleaning equipment, dispatching and washing vehicles — all are an important part of running a volunteer fire department.

Whatever capacity you choose to become involved in with your local volunteer fire department, it will most likely be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.




Recent Calls
Wed. Jun 22nd 2016
On 06/22/2016 @ 1208 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond to a MVC with injuries at the intersection of US 13 and Frog Level Rd. 5103(Squad 3) responded. Upon arrival, units found two vehicles involved still in the roadway. Apparatus was positioned to create a safe work zone by diverti...
Sun. Jun 19th 2016
On 06/19/2016 @ 2056 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond to a MVC PD at the intersection of Stantonsburg Rd. and B's BBQ Rd. This was the same incident we were dispatched to earlier and canceled. Bell Arthur EMS continued on to the call and found the vehicles in the roadway with f...
Sun. Jun 19th 2016
On 06/19/2016 @ 2047 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond to a MVC with injuries at the intersection of Stantonsburg Rd. and B's BBQ Rd. Units were canceled prior to response due to the caller calling back and advising there were no injuries. All units remained in quarters.
Sat. Jun 18th 2016
On 06/18/2016 @ 1842 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to assist Winterville EMS in the 2400-blk of National Ave. 5110(QRV 51) and 5120(Chief Maynard) responded. Upon arrival, personnel made contact with EMS who requested our manpower. Personnel assisted where needed. Once the patient was load...
Thu. Jun 16th 2016
On 06/16/2016 at 2218 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond to a reported illegal burn in the 500-Blk of Huntingridge Rd. 5102(Engine 2) responded. Prior to arrival, Pitt 911 advised there were threats being made between the neighbors, and requested us to stand by for scene security fro...
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