Fire/Rescue – If getting hot, dirty and physical is your game – this is for you. We offer virtually unlimited opportunities to explore the exciting world of firefighting and rescue service and the training to do it safely.
This classification of personnel perform interior and exterior firefighting duties, vehicle rescue operations and extrication. They respond to structure and vehicle fires, motor vehicle collisions, carbon monoxide and smoke detector and system activations, basement pump-outs, traffic control details for downed trees and wires,
Whether you only assist on the outside – or run in to the fire as others are running out – there’s plenty for everyone to do on the fireground. The training is free, but the rewards are priceless.
EXPECTATIONS for Fire/Rescue Assigned Personnel:
- New Firefighters must complete a 56-hour NYS Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations (BEFO) course (designed to be an introduction to firefighting) or a 130-hour Firefighter 1 course (for within two years of acceptance into membership. Probationary firefighters will not be allowed to attend any other courses prior to completion of the appropriate basic training course.
- New Firefighters must attend at least 12 regularly scheduled or special drills (Training) during the one-year probation period.
- Firefighters must attend at least 50% of regularly scheduled or special drills each year following successful completion of the probation period. Each session lasts approximately 3 hours. Regular drills are scheduled on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Extra training sessions are scheduled as needed.
- Active Firefighters must respond to 15% of the total fire calls per year (equals an avg. of 25 calls).
Volunteer firefighters serve the community by responding to a wide variety of situations, ranging from emergencies that immediately threaten life or property to routine citizen requests for information or assistance. They perform duties in the following general categories: fire suppression, emergency medical aid or rescue, hazardous material responses, training, and building inspection and public education.
Volunteer firefighters usually work under the supervision of a company officer and are expected to function effectively as part of a highly trained team. They are also expected to perform their duties under adverse conditions and physical conditions that may pose a high risk of personal injury or exposure to hazardous conditions or infectious diseases.
Volunteer firefighters are required to attend regularly scheduled training in order to maintain the high level of knowledge, skill and ability necessary to function safely and effectively as a firefighter in accordance with state law, protocols, and company standard operating guidelines.
The work performance of a volunteer firefighter is continuously evaluated by company officers for general knowledge, skill proficiency, and ability to work as part of a team. Any deficiencies are corrected through coaching, mentoring and remedial training.
DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Demonstrate a sincere desire to selflessly serve others with caring, compassion and respect
- Deal with the public courteously and effectively
- Maintain harmonious working relationships with coworkers by appreciating their value and contributions they bring to the organization; with an equal appreciation for the challenges they face in volunteering to the level they desire to serve
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Understand and execute specific orders or instructions
- React quickly and calmly in a stressful and hazardous condition
- Ensure that all work is performed in a safe manner, following all applicable safety guidelines. We work in real and potentially hazardous conditions to the extent of possible serious injury or loss of life.
- Recall facts and conditions observed while under severe physical and emotional stress.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Perform hazardous tasks for long periods of time in emergency conditions of high stress, strenuous physical exertion and the risk of serious personal injury.
- Remove persons from danger and administer or assist in emergency medical aid as required.
- Participate in fire drills and attend classes on firefighting, emergency medical services, disaster control, and related fields.
- Maintain skill level through ongoing training to prevent degradation of skills.
- Receive emergency alarms; operate radio and other communications equipment under routine and emergency conditions.
- Perform and maintain physical conditioning.
- Drive or ride Fire Department apparatus to alarms, place equipment, lay and connect hoses and nozzles, raise and climb ladders, use high-pressure water hoses, chemical extinguishing agents and other tools and equipment as required.
- Ventilate burning structures; perform salvage operations and other related tasks.
- Complete and maintain paperwork, records and forms as directed by the Company Officer.
- Participate in the in-service company inspection program.
- Drive, operate and maintain fire department equipment and apparatus.
- Are responsible to be familiar with and adhere to department policy and procedures.
- Perform minor maintenance and inspection of fire hydrants, apparatus, and equipment.
- Test pumpers, hose, ladders and extinguishers.
- Participate in public education.
- Perform general cleaning and maintenance of quarters.
- Maintain personal appearance as directed by department policy and procedures.
- Perform other related work as assigned.
DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES upon completion of training appropriate to your assignment:
- Methods, principles, techniques and practices applied to firefighting, fire inspection, disasters and related fields.
- Hazardous materials: Recognition & Identification, and Operations Level.
- Topography of the fire protection area, street locations, traffic laws, ordinances and regulations involving apparatus and equipment operation.
- Mechanical and operating principles involved in the operation and maintenance of firefighting apparatus and equipment.
- Department policy and procedures.
- Analyzing dangerous situations rapidly and accurately and taking a reasonable course of action.
- Performing hose and ladder evolutions and apparatus operations.
- Perform physically demanding firefighting skills and duties including, but not limited to, carrying and manipulating hose, ladders and rescue equipment.
No prior experience is necessary, but is always welcome. See which opportunity is the best fit for your time, talents and interests: