BEING AN EMERGENCY SERVICE VOLUNTEER IS REWARDING AND CHALLENGING. IF YOU ARE UP TO THE TASK, NORTH DOUGLAS COUNTY FIRE & EMS IS JUST THE PLACE FOR YOU. THE DEPARTMENT OFFERS SEVERAL WAYS TO SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY
WHY DO THEY DO IT, OR WHY SHOULD I?
It’s not for everyone, but for those who can see themselves in this role, and can set their sights on getting there. The rewards can be many and the opportunity to serve unmatched. Think about the possibility that you or your neighbor’s home is on fire. Who will come to help? How long must we wait? Will they have the education, training, and experience to do the right thing? What has been done to assure they are available? In a small rural community such as ours, the financial resources are simply not available to hire the dozens of full-time firefighters that would be necessary to staff around the clock 24/7/365 multiple engine crews to respond to unscheduled events at a moment’s notice. Therefore volunteers fill this need to a great degree. Many of our firefighters do what they do simply because their community needs it.
Many firefighters are living the childhood dream of being a REAL firefighter. Some do it as a way to start a professional career. Others that have achieved that career, do it as a way to give back to the community and agency that helped them get started. Some take pride in sharing the knowledge and skills they have acquired in challenging circumstances. Many simply enjoy the professionalism shared by these fine individuals. All are members of a special and highly appreciated group in their community.
You will be challenged to learn new skills and information. You will be asked to spend time away from family and other pursuits. You will be called on to respond from your warm bed or dinner table. You will go out into the dark and stormy night. You will go into places most others fear to tread. You will witness members of your community on their worst day and they will look to you for help that may not be enough to make it ALL better.