When is practice? In-house training is the fourth (4th) Tuesday night each month from 7:00pm - 10:00pm at the fire station.
What is the Red Oak Fire Department's call volume? The department responds to 150+ calls annually.
How do you know when there is a call? Members are dispatched to emergencies via radio pagers, and are expected to respond to the fire if they are available.
Why become a volunteer? There are many reasons to consider joining the Red Oak Fire Department. For starters, it's a great way of contributing to your local community. You can learn new skills, from firefighting and first aid to communications and technical rescue. Plus, you'll make new friends that you're likely to have for the rest of your life.
Who can become a volunteer? Just like the communities they come from, the Red Oak Fire Department is made up of people from all walks of life. There are men and women from all types of cultural backgrounds, age groups and professions. As long as you're over the age of 18, you can apply to join as a volunteer. For people under the age of 18, we offer a junior program, giving you a great introduction to life as a member of the Red Oak Fire Department.
I'm not sure I have the time... The time commitment is significant. Recruit members practice a minimum of (3) three hours each month. Additional weekend and/or weekday training is offered on a regular basis.
How do I become a member? The process is easy. First, download an application form at the bottom of this page, or pick one up at the fire station.
What's the process? Once you've filled out and submitted an application form along with a criminal record check and a driver's abstract, you'll be invited to a quick interview. Once those checks are complete, you'll get a letter or phone call telling you to come to the next business meeting which is held the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm - 9:30pm at the fire station. If you're accepted, you will become a probationary member for 12 months.
What kind of training is there? If you're accepted as a volunteer, you'll have to undertake the Red Oak Fire Department's recruit training program. This program runs from 10 to 12 months and will teach you about firefighting, how we work safely, the equipment we use and how we deal with the threat of fire. Later, you can train in Advanced Fire Fighting, Technical Rescue, First Aid or leading our crews in the field.
What if I want to know more? Talk to members of the department or stop by the station. You can also contact us for more information.
What are the phyiscal requirements? Firefighting can be strenuous and requires good physical fitness. Members need to be able to raise ground ladders, hoist equipment, climb stair wells, drag water filled hose lines, operate equipment and perform a miryad of other tasks, all while under the stress of an emergency situation and wearing up to 60 lbs (27 Kgs) of personal protective equipment. However, there are other jobs such as directing traffic, filling out reports ect. which are not as physically demanding.
What age do I have to be in order to become a Firefighter? Regular members range in age from 18 to 70 years of age. The department also offers a junior member program for persons between 16 and 18 years of age.