If you have the desire to serve, volunteer firefighting may be for you. Departments often utilize community volunteers to assist with the non-emergency tasks of the department. This frees up the firefighters and EMS personnel to focus on training and response activities, while enabling community members to provide needed support to help their local department run. If you want to help your community in ways few can, contact your local department to find out how to join.
Volunteer first responders help their fellow citizens in times of need. Volunteers enjoy a sense of accomplishment, achievement, and pride in the work they do. You’d learn new skills, make new friends, be a part of a team, give back to the community, and make a real difference.
Some states, localities, and departments offer tangible benefits to their volunteers. These vary greatly, but examples may include pay per call, specialized/technical training, reimbursements for items such as food or gas, tax exemptions or deductions, tuition assistance, live-in programs for college students, seasonal bonuses, business discounts, or awards programs.
As a volunteer firefighter, you’re not only in service of the community, but also a more visible member of the community. This means the work that your fire company does in the community directly impacts the people you know and work with daily. This will give your work a stronger sense of purpose and have a positive impact on those in your life.
Saving lives and serving people is the basis of virtually everyone’s entry into the public safety or healthcare service profession. As a volunteer firefighter, you will get to do this on a daily basis. You’ll have a part-time contribution and a community of peers you can truly be proud of and fulfilled by.
Almost everyone you volunteer with has other interests and likely another profession. Volunteer firefighting is a great way to make strong connections. When seeking a professional reference, a career recommendation, or even someone to help you out or share in your part-time hobby project, you’ll have plenty of people to turn to. Your network grows even further when you attend events for the firefighting community, and in this day and age, the secret to success can be just as much about who you know than what you know.