Where do I start?
You have to give up your time to save peoples lives.
You have to give up time for fund raisers.
You have to give up time for training.
2. Commitment of spouse or significant other.
Your spouse or significant other needs to know the commitment you will
make, it will affect them and your relationship as well.
You can get an application from any member in the department.
Fill it out an return to, hopefuly, the same member.
The person that gave you the application can also be your sponsor unless he
has already sponsored someone this year. Of course if you have a friend in
the department step 3 and 4 will be them.
Once your application is in, you will meet with the Fire Council. Your
application will then go to the next membership meeting for a vote buy the
membership. If voted in, your application will be sent to the town for approval
and physical exam will be scheduled.
Now this is the hard part. Calls only happen in the middle of your night. You
must be trained before you can wear a Air Pack or enter a fire. The first
course is 39 hours and usally broke up in a couple nights a week for a few
weeks. During this time you can respnd to calls to help out in other ways plus
you need to learn our trucks and where the equipment is located. If you
become an EMT the training is more intense and longer. TRAINING never
ends. Then there is all the fund raisers that members need to work to raise
money for the department. Work BINGO once every third Tuesday, Chicken
Barbacues, Booster Club, Parades.
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