Being a part of a volunteer fire department is an honor. Some people avoid becoming a member of the fire department because they don’t want to fight fire. They also don’t want to work on the ambulance, so what else is there to join for? There are actually many positions that allow you to be a part of the fire department without having to fight fire or respond to ambulance calls.
Here are some examples:
Administrative Positions – Someone has to pay the bills, type letters and make sure things run smoothly in the office. There are many possibilities to help out your local fire department in the administrative area. Someone has to keep track of the hours each volunteer puts in, the number of calls responded to among other things. If you are good at accounting, computers or any number of other things that an office assistant would do, this is a great place for you to volunteer your time.
Committees – The fire departments rely on volunteers to help put together certain functions. There are several committees throughout volunteer fire departments that are begging for help. Whether it is a banquet committee, fundraiser committee or engine committee, if you have knowledge of these things, a volunteer fire department can use your help.
Equipment Repair – Equipment in volunteer fire departments often need maintenance. If you are a mechanic, for instance, you may be able to help keep the engines and ambulances in service. If you know about radios, your knowledge can help keep the pagers and radios in good repair. Plumbers can help with problems in the bathrooms and kitchens of the department. There is no limit to how you can volunteer to help keep the fire department in good working order.
Web Design – If you know how to put a web page together or maintain it, this is a great place for you to contribute to the local fire department. Offer your services to keep a website up-to-date or to design one from scratch.
Auxiliary – This is generally called the Ladies Auxiliary. It is no longer strictly a women’s club though. These volunteers help in huge ways with a volunteer fire department. They raise huge funds for the company as well as prepare meals and bring drinks to hard working firefighters so they don’t become too exhausted or dehydrated. The auxiliary is vital to the function of the fire department.
Photographers/videographers – If you are a photographer or videographer, you can help keep a pictorial history of the fire company activities. This can include going to the scene (but stay out of the way of the work), functions and inner workings of the department. This is very valuable to future generations who would like a better history of the departments. It also allows the public to see what the fire departments and volunteers do for the community.
These are just a few of the vast ways in which you can volunteer for a fire company when you don’t want to be a firefighter. Every volunteer is deeply appreciated by the other members. Being part of a volunteer fire department is something to be very proud of no matter what position you hold. It shows dedication to your community. Dedicated fire department volunteers make great things happen.