Freeport VFD/ EMS is looking for dedicated
Have you ever heard the
fire whistle sound and wonder, "What if I could help?" Watch a fire
engine race down the street and think, "What if I were on that
truck?" Or even watch as a team of firefighters stretch hoses and put out
a fire and ask yourself, "Could I do that?" The Freeport
Volunteer Fire Department is always in need of people willing to dedicate
themselves to helping their community. If you've ever found yourself asking
these questions, and want to give it a try, stop by the Station at 400
Market Street to learn how to get started!
If you are interested in
joining, feel free to stop by the station at 400 Market Street in Freeport,
or call us at (724) 295-2300, or if you know a member of our department,
contact them. Even if you are still not decided on joining, we will be more
than willing to talk to you and answer any of your questions. We are a volunteer department that relies on members of our community to staff our
trucks during an emergency. Anybody that is willing to help, no matter
how little or how much is given, is more than welcome to join our family.
Here are the various
positions we are looking for:
There are many different functions you can do when
you join Freeport VFD/ EMS.
The main position we are looking for more members in is firefighting.
What does it take to become a firefighter? Well, you have to take a
class called The Essentials of Firefighting, which will teach you the
different aspects of firefighting, and how to put out a fire from the inside
and outside of a building. You must also participate in a controlled training
fire. Once you complete this class, you have all the
necessary training and skills to begin firefighting. There are also many
other classes to advance your knowledge and skills.
If you are a truck driver, or have experience driving large
vehicles, or just want to help out, you can be a driver/pump operator.
To be certified to drive these vehicles, you need to take Emergency
Vehicle Operators Course, and you can also take Pump Operations to
familiarize yourself with how to use a fire pump on a truck.
A large portion of Freeport VFDís emergency calls are rescue
operations. If firefighting
isnít for you, this is another consideration you can make.
Freeport VFD currently operates as a
light rescue company. During the State Department of Health's
Basic Vehicle Rescue class, you will develop the skills to extricate somebody from a vehicle with the use of hand
tools and power tools. You can
also advance your rescue skills in Rope, High Angle, Collapse, and Confined
Space Rescue; Special Vehicle Rescue; Search and Rescue; and many other
classes. Freeport VFD also has a
Water Rescue Team with SCUBA equipment and boats.
If you are a boat operator, recreational diver, lifeguard, or someone
that just likes to be in the water, we can use you
for our Water Rescue Team. If
you are interested, you can take classes to become a
Water Rescue Technician, such as:
water rescue awareness, water rescue and emergency response, boat operation
and rescue, line systems rescue, ice rescue, rescue diver, and other various water rescue
Freeport VFD operates a rescue boat for rescue calls on the Allegheny
River, Buffalo Creek, Kiski River, and wherever we may be called. The River
Rescue Team is comprised of members who receive special training for
incidents on the water. Boat operators, SCUBA divers, and other
interested persons are welcome to join!
Freeport EMS is also looking for good volunteers.
We provide an around-the-clock ambulance service with paid EMTís
and Paramedics. However, there
are some times when volunteers are called in
for more help, and volunteers are called in for most of the non-emergency
transfers, community events, and standbys we handle. Because of
this, we are always looking for new volunteers.
In order to volunteer on an ambulance, you need to become a state
certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
After you become an EMT, you can also advance on to become a
Paramedic, which requires more training.
Volunteering in EMS is also a good way for applying medical students
to set themselves apart from the other applicants.
It gives you valuable experience and knowledge in medicine and
patient care, which can put you ahead of the rest of the students, and
benefit you later in your career. Running as an EMT or Paramedic also counts
for many schools as the "hands on patient care" hours required for
many medical-related programs!
Fire Police are in charge of scene protection and traffic
control at an emergency.
They provide a service that is very valuable to the other emergency
workers by ensuring that they are safe while operating at a fire, vehicle
accident, or other emergency.
Are you under the age of 18? No problem! We have a Junior Program that
allows 14 to 17 year olds to gain experience for becoming a senior member.
And donít worry, parentsĖ Juniors are not allowed inside of a burning
building. However, they can assist firefighters from the outside and do many
other functions at an emergency call.
This program helps keep young men and women out of trouble and puts
them in an environment where they can help others.
Colleges now prefer students who have volunteer hoursĖ and this is
a great way to get them. Some colleges also give you free room and board in
exchange for volunteering with the on-campus fire department. Being a member
Junior Program can also assist you in applying for scholarships that are
community service based.
And in these hard times, this can really benefit families trying to
find means to pay for college.
Not interested in being an active member? There are many
other non-emergency functions you can do.
We need help with many activities, such helping with activities
in the station and around the community, like the Block Party, September by the River, and various fundraisers that the
Company organizes. If
you want to help your community, but do not have the time for the training
and emergency calls, this is a necessary aspect of the fire department that
can use any help it can get.