Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Botsford Fire Rescue. Below is some information that we believe may be of use to persons considering membership. Our work detail evening is Monday and you can stop by the firehouse any Monday evening at 6:00PM to come speak with one of us in person. Please fill out the membership application by going to the Membership Application link on our site or by simply clicking here: membership-application. As a last resort, you can call the firehouse at 203.270.4388 and leave a message.
BEING A FIREFIGHTER IS NOT FOR EVERYONE, BUT VOLUNTEERING CAN BE
There is plenty of opportunity to serve your community through the volunteer fire and much of it has nothing to do with fire fighting.
Fire and emergency medical services are one of the most challenging professions today. It is this diversity that inspires most men and women to enter the fire and EMS services. This business is not for everyone however. You need more than just desire to help people. You need courage, dedication, assertiveness and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges.
The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the volunteer emergency medical services are often beyond description. There is a sense of accomplishment after controlling a building fire, joy and elation when a life is saved, compassion for accident victims, and fulfillment in teaching fire safety.
If you are looking for a change of pace or excitement in your life, the world of emergency medical services is for you. If this action-filled lifestyle does not appeal to you, have no fear, there is plenty more that can be done in the business of emergency medical services that does not include running into burning buildings or other emergency medical situations.
We have various committees within the company, all of which you will be welcomed to join. Running and maintaining a fire department is time consuming and at times, costly, so the volunteering of your time is something we value. Just the maintenance of the building and grounds alone runs into quite a piece of change. We also maintain a computer system, attend to regular truck and equipment maintenance, as well as tending to fundraising, banquets, memorial services, member activities, parades, and a full menu of things that need to be done by the volunteers. Other committees include video, fire prevention, grant research and our maintenance committee.
What does it take to be a firefighter?
Most of our members at Botsford Fire Rescue have entered the company with no previous fire or EMS experience. Botsford Fire Rescue firefighters pride themselves on a strong foundation of training that begins on the first day. While formal training to ride is eventually required, new members are able to ride in a limited capacity after receiving basic in-house training.
Perhaps the most important aspect of our training comes from our weekly training nights which are held every other Tuesday from 7-9pm. Officers and outside trainers conduct drills to sharpen everyone’s skills or to try out a new procedure. Work Detail nights are every Monday at 6:00PM and the first Monday of each month is our monthly department meeting starting at 7:00PM.
If any of this at all interests you and you are over the age of 16, please fill out an application to set up a time to meet with our membership committee. Stop on by any Monday at 6:00PM and someone we will be more than happy to explain what we’re all about.