Rehoboth Fire Company Needs a Few Good Volunteers

Friday, 11 November 2011

By Ryan Mavity, CapeGazette.com

 New Fire Corps will assist with administrative duties

 Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company wants you!

The company has begun two membership drives looking for volunteer firefighters and volunteers for the new Fire Corps, which will help with administrative duties.

“We’re reaching out to our community, and we’re asking them to come and join us to provide fire protection to the citizens,” said company spokesman Warren Jones.

The company will accept any person who is physically capable, meets company bylaw requirements and passes a background check.

“There’s no more rewarding or no more fulfilling thing that you can do as an American than to reach out and touch somebody’s life and make a difference. As a volunteer firefighter, you experience that touch. You become part of a brother and sisterhood that is unsurpassed in our country,” Jones said.

The Fire Corps will assist with administrative duties, jobs such as providing administrative support, public relations and truck and facility maintenance, as well as providing fire prevention and safety education, fundraising and helping with recruiting.

Jones said at the moment, firefighters perform these tasks. By establishing the Fire Corps, these jobs can free firefighters to be firefighters, he said.

Fire Corps gives citizens who aren’t capable or have no desire to fight fires the chance to join the fire company and help out in other ways, he said. "We have hundreds of areas that we can use talent and skills to help us,” Jones said.

He said the Fire Corps would consist of citizens from Rehoboth and the surrounding area who are retired or have some time on their hands. Jones said Fire Corps is ready to start now and hopefully volunteers can be trained through the winter.

Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, said, “The bottom line is, you want people to be involved. By reaching out, I think you will get a positive response. Not everybody is physically capable, nor do they want to go into a fire. But there are other things they can do to help out.”

Dewey Beach Mayor Diane Hanson praised the Rehoboth fire company for saving her mother’s life more than a year ago after a serious health issue. Although her mother has since passed away, Hanson said because of the company’s efforts, her mother was able to live another nine months.

 Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper, a member of the company since 1973, said, “This company has and had a tremendous reputation up and down this state for its activity, its discipline, its care in the services it provides.”

Regarding the membership drive, Cooper said, “You can have all the fire houses, you can have all the fire trucks in the world, but if you can’t put people in them, it doesn’t make any difference. That’s where the rubber really meets the road. It’s a hell of a chance to make friendships, to make memories. I would encourage anyone to give it a try.”

Prospective volunteer firefighters and Fire Corps members can get more information by visiting the company website at www.rehobothbeachfire.com or by visiting Station 2 at 219 Rehoboth Ave.

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