The fire and rescue service is
one of the most diverse and challenging professions today. It is the
diversity that inspires most men and women to enter the service‑-both as
volunteers and career employees. Imagine having to train to prepare
yourself to cope with situations which range from building fires to
childbirth to hazardous chemical spills to heart attacks, and almost any
imaginable emergency situation in between. This diversity is coupled with
the fact that these skills may be needed at any time of the day, seven
days a week, in any kind of weather and very often under potentially
stressful and emotional circumstances. These challenges contribute to our
profession being personally rewarding.
As volunteers, we are here for two basic purposes. The first is to prevent
fires or medical emergencies from occurring. This is achieved through fire
prevention, health maintenance education, inspections, fire safety
education, and code enforcement programs. Secondly, we are here to prepare
ourselves to control fire or medical emergencies, should prevention fail.
This is done through education, training, pre-incident planning, more
training, state-of-the-art equipment, and more training. We are a
paramilitary profession working in a “hurry up and wait” environment.
This business is not for everyone. You need more than just a desire to
help people. You need courage and dedication, assertiveness, and a
willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges. And you need to
have the time for training sessions, meetings, emergency calls,
maintenance of equipment, and other duties. The fire and rescue service is
not for the meek or timid or for those who lose control during times of
crises. Our service is one which calls on its members to perform hot,
sweaty, dirty, and strenuous work, often in uncertain and hazardous
The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the fire and rescue
service are often beyond description. There is a sense of accomplishment
after controlling a building fire, joy and elation when a child is born,
compassion for accident victims, and fulfillment in teaching fire safety.
This list goes on and on.
The bottom line in our business is measured by the loss of life, pain and
suffering, and property damage we have prevented or reduced. We are here
and prepared for one reason, and that is to provide service to the people
of our community.
If you feel you have what it takes to meet the challenges of our business,
we welcome you to join us. You may stop by the fire house any Monday
night to meet us, and pick up an application, or a application may be