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Volunteer Firefighters

Tue Jul 16, 2002 7:11 am

Hey everyone. I know for a fact that Volunteer Fire Dept's are very common throughout the US, I don't know if it's the same case in other places.

I was just curious if there are any other volunteer firefighters out there, or anyone associated with a volunteer FD, and if so, share your FD's info.

My FD has quite a few appartus. We have 3 chief's vehicles, a Freghtliner Heavy Rescue, Sutphen Pumper, E-One Aerial, E-One Pumper, and an E-One Quint. In addition, we have an International Transporter for our Drill Team trailer, a pick-up, van, and an EMS First Responder Unit. We operate out of 2 stations.

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RE: Volunteer Firefighters

Tue Jul 16, 2002 8:04 am

Our fire dept is pretty small, but we've been swallowed up by the city of Halifax(in Canada) so we are part of a larger dept with aournd 60 stations and 1000 or so volunteers and a few hundred career firefighters. our stations in particular 60 and 61 have about 10 volunteers (this week anyway) and 2 career firefighters stationed at station 60 24/7. Our apparatus consits of on pumper, one rescue (rarely used) one old tanker, a utility vehicle and a spare pumper from the city. We are awaiting delivery of a new rescue/pumper expected in a few weeks. We respond to around 300 calls a year, mostly medical assistance calls.

One thing that has always interested me is the emergency medical field of work...what training does your dept. do for medical stuff? I am a medical first responder with defib. also (not sure what the equivilent would be in other areas of the world) and we have one paramedic (P2) who is on the department.
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RE: Volunteer Firefighters

Tue Jul 16, 2002 8:40 am

Our volunteers all go through basic fire training/fire school first, then it's up to you when to go for EMS/Paramedic, etc. certification in New York State.

However, my Co. also responds to mostly fire calls while the other Co. here answers most medical calls, so here they focus more on fire stuff.

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RE: Volunteer Firefighters

Tue Jul 16, 2002 8:36 pm

I am a volunteer in CT. I am 1st Assistant Chief. We have a 2001 Pierce All-steer 105' Ladder, 1997 Pierce/International 4X4 pumper, 1985 Pierce 1000 GPM pumper, 1979 Seagrave 1500 GPM pumper, 1983 Pierce/Ford Rescue. We run about 600+ calls per year.
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RE: Volunteer Firefighters

Tue Jul 16, 2002 9:01 pm

My dad was a VFF and my brother is now.

He first had to take the FF-1 certification.

About six months later they held an EMT-1 class and he passed it.

That one pisses me off though.

It costs me about 600 dollars to take a class at the collage. They have an extension collage there. My brother took his certificate from the EMT class there and they accepted it as credit for classes.

He then took the analisys form back to the fire hall and got turned it in. The city refunded him 75% of that bill. or 32 dollars.

He ended up with 6 Credit hours of college for 8 bucks!!!

I wish my tuition was that cheap!!!

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