Volunteer fire departments and fire culture

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Has anyone ever been a member of a volunteer fire department? Thinking about joining our local one but I don't know too much about it, mostly what the time commitment is like. I'm pretty familiar with standard fire procedure, I was in the fire explorers when I was younger (went to a few live burns, had my own equipment and did some training). I just think my free time could be better spent than sitting around watching TV...
 

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Has anyone ever been a member of a volunteer fire department? Thinking about joining our local one but I don't know too much about it, mostly what the time commitment is like. I'm pretty familiar with standard fire procedure, I was in the fire explorers when I was younger (went to a few live burns, had my own equipment and did some training). I just think my free time could be better spent than sitting around watching TV...
I was, but that was over 25 yrs ago, a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT-B, was a State Certified Firefighter 2, dept qualified driver/engineer for Rescue & Engine, was part of a seasonal shifting program (was first step toward a paid dept).

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What are the membership requirements ?
training time - weekly & annual, achieve state certifications, ability to attended day long weekend county wide apprentice/rookie classes ?
response to calls - yearly %
general membership meetings and special event work parties
is it on call (pager) or shift duty (after basic training)

Officers ?
elected or appointed based upon KSA (knowledge, skills & abilities)

Is this an all volunteer or combo dept ?
 

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I was, but that was over 25 yrs ago, a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT-B, was a State Certified Firefighter 2, dept qualified driver/engineer for Rescue & Engine, was part of a seasonal shifting program (was first step toward a paid dept).

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What are the membership requirements ?
training time - weekly & annual, achieve state certifications, ability to attended day long weekend county wide apprentice/rookie classes ?
response to calls - yearly %
general membership meetings and special event work parties
is it on call (pager) or shift duty (after basic training)

Officers ?
elected or appointed based upon KSA (knowledge, skills & abilities)

Is this an all volunteer or combo dept ?
Not sure on membership requirements yet. I haven't spoken to the Chief. From what our fire marshal told me, it's pretty much put in what time you want. Apparently our state has authorized training to happen in house. I'm used to weekend classes now since I've been working to get building levels. They had a call log posted online and it looked to be around 5-7 or so a day, sometimes more. It's going to be on call. All our departments in this county are volunteer based with no actual paid positions.
 

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Volunteer fire departments are quite popular around here in rural areas or small towns and actually resemble the service organizations (Elks, KOC etc.) of yesteryear in many ways.
 

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Judging from our local rural fire departments, I think your first eligibility requirement will be to gain at least 30 pounds. :D
 

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Volunteer fire companies are prevalent here.

My oldest son has been a volunteer firefighter since he was 16. I give the firefighters credit for being his adult male role models, and they have done for him what his father wouldn't. He learned skills and responsibility, and developed his work ethic because he spends time at the fire station. Being a volunteer firefighter showed him that there are many ways to give back to your community.

It's a joke that I can drop his name around town and get special treatment. That kid knows everyone, and everyone know him.
 

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Has anyone ever been a member of a volunteer fire department? Thinking about joining our local one but I don't know too much about it, mostly what the time commitment is like. I'm pretty familiar with standard fire procedure, I was in the fire explorers when I was younger (went to a few live burns, had my own equipment and did some training). I just think my free time could be better spent than sitting around watching TV...
A couple places ago my building inspector was volunteer fire, I remember a number of times he was in the middle of a counter meeting and had to drop everything and go. Our Chief was widely respected as one of the best in the state and his folks were very, very well trained and put a lot of time into it. It wasn't an hour here or there and a couple on the weekend, either. Look before you leap.
 

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Volunteer fire companies are prevalent here.

My oldest son has been a volunteer firefighter since he was 16. I give the firefighters credit for being his adult male role models, and they have done for him what his father wouldn't. He learned skills and responsibility, and developed his work ethic because he spends time at the fire station. Being a volunteer firefighter showed him that there are many ways to give back to your community.

It's a joke that I can drop his name around town and get special treatment. That kid knows everyone, and everyone know him.
Same here except the bigger cities. I live in Newark which is a paid department, I know many of firefighters at the local firehouse because they tend to be more involved with the community than the police. Tide was a volunteer firefighter in the town that I used live in.
 
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