Is There a Fire In You? Volunteering To Be A Firefighter

FASNY has started a campaign to encourage people to volunteer to become a firefighter.

The Fireman’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has started a campaign to encourage people to volunteer to become a firefighter.

As a firefighter, one would make a significant difference in his or her community. In addition to saving lives & property, one can be involved in educating community members both young and old. The benefits are significant for the volunteer as well. He or she would gain technical training and real life skills, satisfaction of teaching kids and seniors about fire safety. In addition, there is an immense sense of pride and satisfaction that comes from giving back to your community by doing a vital job. Maybe the most important is the the camaraderie, the feeling of family & the lasting relationships the volunteer will build by belonging to a team that shares one overriding goal: to be of service to others in their time of greatest need.

It is not as difficult as you may think.

It is not as difficult as you may think. As listed on their site, the requirements are as follows:

  • At least 16 years of age. There is no maximum age, with less physically demanding duties, such as administration or scene support, available to older volunteers.
  • In good physical health. This, of course, is relative to the duties you’ll be called upon to perform.
  • Of sound moral character and prepared to fill a position of responsibility and trust

While these are not strictly requirements per se, it’s been shown that successful volunteers are usually caring people who are concerned about their community and enjoy working as part of a team. In addition, the volunteer should also be the type of person who enjoys being challenged and learning new skills.

For details on the requirements in your area, speak with the recruitment coordinator at your local volunteer fire department. Learn more at FireInYou.org

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