Q: Why should I volunteer?
A: There is a dire need for volunteers at your local fire station. Nationally, about 70% of firefighters are working on a volunteer basis. Without volunteers, it is difficult for a fire company to run smoothly and efficiently in order to keep its community safe. Your local Bucks County, Pa. fire house needs you to help in anyway you can, as your effort can go a long way in assuring safety and protection for your community. There are also plenty of benefits that will surely attract you to volunteer.
- The satisfaction that comes with knowing you are an important part of keeping your family and friends safe.
- Cultivating new skills that can help in all facets of your life and prepare you for a possible new career.
- Working as a team and building lasting relationships and friendships.
- A sense of belonging.
- Getting your hands dirty and being in the middle of the excitement.
- Receiving college credits for some training.
- Possibly receiving state tax credits.
- Free training!
Q: Will I get paid?
A: Participation with a Bucks County fire department is on a 100% volunteer basis.
As a volunteer firefighter, you will not receive financial compensation for your time. However, you will benefit in a variety of ways. Some departments offer free gym memberships, community discounts, etc.
Q: How much time is required of me as a volunteer?
A: As a volunteer, you are only asked to give as much time as you can. There are many positions to be filled throughout our stations, whether as an active firefighter or helping around the station. All tasks are equally as important and all contribute to the safety and well-being of the community.
Q: How old do I have to be?
A: In order to become a firefighter, you have to be at least 18 years old. However, most fire companies have programs available for volunteers under the age of 18 to begin learning the basics of firefighting.
Q: Is equipment provided to me?
A: Yes, all of the equipment you will use during training and while on the job will be provided to you free of charge.
Q: What if I don’t want to fight fires?
A: If you are looking to volunteer but are apprehensive about fighting a fire, there are still plenty of other options for you to choose from. EMS units, fire police service, the Women’s Auxiliary League and other administrative opportunities are available, and all equally help keep your community safe.