Why Join Your Local Fire Department?
Personal Rewards & Satisfaction
Making a commitment to serve as a firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a serious decision and involves a profound commitment. After joining, you will find that participation as a member of our service will bring great personal rewards and satisfaction.
Asking "Why should I join my local fire department?" is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself.
Here are a few examples of why some of our members have joined:
Wishing You Could Have Helped
Unfortunately bad things happen to good people everyday. Whether someone is having difficultly breathing or a driver is trapped in a vehicle after an accident, many people want to help but do not have the training or expertise to effectively help.
Joining your local Fire Department will give you training in CPR, how to handle medical emergencies, and what to do should a fire or hazardous materials leak occur.
Working in a Team to Help Others
Completing a task as a group that is simply too large for any one individual to accomplish, instills a sense of pride in all who are involved.
Fire service is built around small teams of Firefighters and EMTs working together to help those in need. These teams work together to complete tasks such as stretching hose lines to attack fires, removing someone who has fallen into a deep hole and throwing ground ladders.
Experiences Not Found in Other Career Fields
Some Fire Department members join to gain experiences they never would have had the opportunity to have in other career fields. Whether it be in training or on actual calls, members perform tasks such as extinguishing fires, extricating individuals from car accidents and performing EMS skills.
Watching a Fire Engine Go Past & Thinking You Could Be in One of Those Seats
Some people grow up with the dream of one day becoming a Firefighter and others see a fire engine or an ambulance going to help someone and realize they could be helping out in their community. However you have developed your interest in the fire service, take a look around this site and see what your local Fire Department has to offer.
Make a Difference in the Community
Every call the Fire Department receives is another time in which our members are helping someone in the community. Neighbors helping neighbors is one of the ways that our members find their work rewarding.
Challenge Yourself Both Physically & Mentally
There is no doubt that the fire service requires Firefighters and EMTs to complete tasks in less than ideal environments. Carrying a ground ladder through the snow to a house that is on fire or carrying a patient who cannot walk down a flight of stairs to an ambulance, are just a couple of examples.
Many people find working in these complex environments enjoyable because it challenges them.