Volunteer Fire, Rescue & EMS Service Opportunities

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Whether you are looking to be on the front lines of emergency response as a Firefighter or EMT -- or want to help your local fire department by being part of a critical administrative and support team -- The Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company has opportunities for you!

 

ADMINISTRATIVE

The modern day volunteer fire company needs more than firefighters and EMTs. Volunteer fire/rescue companies in Kent County are dynamic and evolving non-profit organizations; we are in constant need of professionals with specialized skills-sets from ALL backgrounds.

 

Non-operational volunteer contributions are critical in day-to-day operations as well as attaining long-term department goals.

Projects, programs and departments that need significant non-operational assistance include: fundraising; recruitment; marketing/branding; advertising; book-keeping; audit support; legal; event planning; graphic design; website development, training management, curriculum development; database management; donor management; public/media relations; facilities; social networking; film production; food preparation; and procurement.

Administrative, support and auxiliary membership is available for applicants who do not wish or may not be able to participate in Fire/Rescue or EMS operations, but still desire to serve their local volunteer fire department.

Do you have a desire to support fundraising, company events, public service events, work details, administrative support and other non-emergency related functions? There are so many opportunities — and many of them are flexible to meet your schedule and availability.

Everyone has a talent and a unique perspective which can be applied to the betterment of the volunteer fire/rescue service.

We encourage you to meet with our Membership Committee to identify the different needs and opportunities of the company!

 

AUXILIARY

Auxiliary Members support the fire company in many ways, events, maintaining and cleaning the fire station and Chesapeake Room, and assisting in fundraising and community awareness efforts. They respond to the station during more serious incidents and provide meal preparation and provide resources to the scene. They dedicate their time and skills to whatever area the fire company needs assistance.

 

EMT

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are certified to render first aid to patients in the field, then triage, stabilize and transport patients to the hospital. In some areas, EMTs are also firefighters, rescue technicians, or special operations personnel that perform more than medical assistance.

Volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician is an excellent way to serve your community while gaining invaluable life-saving experience. EMTs perform many duties besides answering 911 calls; in this role you may be asked to assist with public education campaigns and engage the community during fire department open houses as well as other local events.

Volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician is mentally and physically demanding; you will be asked to intervene and provide exemplary service during the worst moments of people’s lives. Your training is very extensive but manageable if you have strong time management skills.

There are a series of training courses which equate to 170+ classroom and online hours to attain the status of Emergency Medical Technician. By the end of your initial training you will be proficient in CPR and how to handle cardiac as well as respiratory arrest, heart attacks, seizures, diabetic emergencies, respiratory problems and other medical emergencies. You will also know how to manage traumatic injuries such as falls, fractures, lacerations and burns. You will find that your training is intellectually stimulating and will complement your professional work or education; in addition to the specialized skills acquired, you will become a leader among your peers and learn new management strategies.

The possibilities for advancement in this position are unbounded. Following completion of EMT class, you can take courses to become a paramedic or EMS officer/supervisor. Opportunities for Paramedic training and roles, as well as other EMS leadership opportunities may vary — be sure to ask the Training Officer for specific details.

 

EXPLORER/CADET

The Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company is proud and excited to offer Junior Firefighting/EMS, Cadet and/or explorer programs to those individuals interested in volunteering who are under 18 years old.

Through training and ride-alongs, they experience what it’s like to be a firefighter or emergency service provider. The experience and what is included in junior level memberships does vary, so be sure to consult with the Training Officer or Chief for more information.

Fire/EMS classes which may be available to junior members include: Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Firefighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Operations, Strategies and Tactics and Rescue Technician.

Parental permission is required to pursue junior membership and certain restrictions apply to participation while school is in session, including curfews and grade point average requirements. Letters of recommendation are strongly encouraged.

Junior members are typically very good students, possess an innate ability to lead groups and have a community conscious mindset.

This program gives young adults a look into possible career paths, and challenges them to become responsible citizens within their communities.

 

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER

Firefighters do much more than just put out fires. As designated protectors of their communities, they attend to emergency events from fires to road accidents to floods. They also meet with their communities to teach fire safety.

Firefighters are typically among the first dispatched on every fire and rescue call and provide essential emergency response on calls ranging from car accidents to structural fires, routine service calls to major disasters.

Departments in different parts of the state have their own requirements and progression processes. Some departments have Firefighter or EMS only roles, while others may offer cross-training as a Firefighter/EMT. Ask your department recruiter for their requirements.

Volunteering in this role is physically and mentally demanding; you will be asked to intervene and provide exemplary service during the worst moments of people’s lives. Your training is very extensive but manageable if you have strong time management skills.

In-house training is provided free and additional training opportunities are provided by state and county agencies, and beyond. You’ll never be lacking for learning opportunities! The Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company is proud to offer free training to members wishing to expand their skills as a firefighter or emergency responder.

Upon completion of core firefighting training, you will also have the opportunity to explore specialized training such as: Incident Management; Tactical Services; Dive Rescue and Recovery; Urban Search and Rescue; and Hazardous Materials. You will find that your training is intellectually stimulating and will compliment your professional work or education; in addition to the unique skills acquired, you will become a leader among your peers and learn new management styles.

Leadership opportunities will also be available as you gain experience and further education.

Please consult with the Training Officer or Chief for additional information on training and courses available.

 

PARAMEDIC

Paramedics are certified to render Advanced Life Support to patients in the field, stabilize and transport patients to the hospital. In some areas, Paramedics in some cases are also firefighters, rescue technicians, or special operations personnel that perform more than medical assistance.

Volunteering as a Paramedic is an excellent way to serve your community while gaining invaluable life-saving experience. Paramedics perform many duties besides answering 911 calls; in this role you may be asked to assist with public education campaigns and engage the community during fire department open houses as well as other local events.

Volunteering as an Paramedic is mentally and physically demanding; you will be asked to intervene and provide exemplary service during the worst moments of people’s lives. Your training is very extensive but manageable if you have strong time management skills.

There are a series of training courses which equate to hundreds of hours of classroom and online hours to attain the status of Paramedic. By the end of your initial training you will be proficient in CPR and how to handle cardiac as well as respiratory arrest, heart attacks, seizures, diabetic emergencies, respiratory problems and other medical emergencies. You will also know how to manage traumatic injuries such as falls, fractures, lacerations and burns. You will find that your training is intellectually stimulating and will complement your professional work or education; in addition to the specialized skills acquired, you will become a leader among your peers and learn new management strategies.

The possibilities for advancement in this position are unbounded. Please be sure to consult the Training Officer or EMS Assistant Chief for specific details about the Paramedic program.