Understand what Being a Volunteer Firefighter Means
When you attend your first meeting and are trying to decide whether you want to become a firefighter, you have to know what it means to be a volunteer. It isn’t always about being a hero. Volunteer firehouses work on tiny budgets, which means firefighters have to be committed to the role and even eager and ready to fundraise when needed.
Remember all those street signs for chicken biscuit dinners or pancake breakfasts at your local fire hall. Volunteer departments depend on those funds for vehicle maintenance, equipment, utilities, firefighter insurance, and training.
The more you train, the better asset you will be to your community, which means you have to commit to all aspects of the role. When inquiring about volunteering make sure to ask about training, schedules, all calls, and costs associated with providing your community with fire service. Most volunteer firefighters pay for their emergency lights, boots, and other gear. It’s important to know what those costs are before you sign up. If you can’t make yourself available for training, calls, and fundraising, you’ll be letting many people down, which will make it even harder to balance all the roles you take on in your life.