|Wed. Jun 1st 2016|
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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|Mon. May 30th 2016|
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|Sun. May 1st 2016|
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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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.
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.