Why Help Your Local Fire Department

Saturday, 01 January 2011

Why help your local Volunteer Fire Department? Because We Need You!

From: Glenwood Gazette
By: Zina Day-McGuire, Catron County Fire Marshal/Wildfire Prevention Coordinator

Ways That You Can Help

The twelve Catron County Volunteer Fire Departments have three Volunteer Fire Department Membership Programs:

1.) Fire Operations,
2.) Fire Corps, and
3.) Junior/Youth Firefighter

Let me explain in more detail:

Fire Operations is just that . . . anything to do with suppression of a fire or other emergency. For example," Fire Operations" needs volunteer apparatus drivers, pump operators, and firefighters. Fire Operations' members may also be asked to respond to natural or man-made disasters, vehicle accidents and hazardous material incidents. These positions due require
specialized training and clearance.

Fire Corps, on the other hand, is a component of the National program "Citizen Corps" that supports and supplements resource-constrained fire departments through the use of citizen advocates for non-operational activities.

Citizen advocates, who aid fire departments in non-operational activities, allow fire first responders to focus their efforts on the most critical, life-threatening situations. Everyone can do something to support their local fire service! Here are some ideas of much needed help that can be provided to your local volunteer fire departments: Fire department recruitment activities, logistics, bookkeeping, data entry of fire reports, secretarial activities, development of department websites, fundraising initiatives, grant writing, writing informative newsletters or brochures, fire prevention activities and programs in schools and communities, station maintenance, cleaning fire apparatus, community preparedness activities, development and maintenance of fire department libraries, just to name a few.

Fire Corps members have the opportunity to give back to their country, their state, and their communities through the hours they volunteer. They will gain invaluable insights into our volunteer fire service and how it works. The fire department will strive to match your skills with their needs.

The Junior/Youth Firefighter Program was created by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), in partnership with Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation and Spartan Motors, Inc. in 2007. The program supports fire departments by fostering relationships and engaging youth in learning about, and ultimately becoming members of the fire service.

Junior firefighter programs give young people the chance to learn about local fire organizations in a safe, controlled, educational, and fun way while providing departments with an excellent recruitment mechanism.

The Catron County Fire Chiefs' Association adopted the National Jr. Firefighter Program for Catron County on July 1, 2009. Junior members must be 14 years of age to join and can participate until 18 years of age as a Jr. Member.

For more information about any of the three membership programs, please go to ~ www.catronfire.org ~ to find applications and more membership information and forms.

You can also call the Catron County Fire Marshal's Office at (575) 533-6470 and request membership applications.

Thank you for your support of your local Catron County Volunteer Fire Departments!

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