Why should I volunteer? Reasons why to volunteer vary from person to person. Hopefully you answered yes to at least one of the Do You? questions earlier. Volunteering provides a unique opportunity to support your friends, neighbors and community by providing an essential community service. Regardless of your personal reason, your local volunteer fire company needs you.
Will I be paid? Volunteers are not paid for their services. However, each of the four fire companies are part of a federal grant that support point based gift cards that members can earn for participation in operational assignments. Tuition assistance and gym memberships may also be available to qualifying members.
Is there an age limit? The earliest someone can join is age 14. Between the ages of 14-17 their participation is governed by Pennsylvania’s Child Labor Laws. There is no limit to how long someone can serve.
What do I have to know before joining? No previous experience or training or experience is needed and you pay nothing for the equipment or training. The fire company will provide you with training and equipment meeting national standards.
How do I join? You can submit an application on line and the fire company within the fire district you live will contact you. You may also download an application, fill it out and drop it off or mail it to the fire station of your choice.
After I apply then what? After your application is submitted it will be processed by the membership committee. A background check will be conducted and after all clearances are received you will be contacted to start your volunteer fire service journey. The application process is the same for all membership classifications.
How much time must I give? Time is a precious commodity and fire department staff understands the time constraints from your job and family. Whatever time you can give is appreciated.
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