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Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association – Volunteer Your Services – Recruitment & Retention Initiative

http://www.delmarvalife.com/covid-19-community-stories/delaware-volunteer-firefighters-association-volunteer-your-services/

Portions Written by Kyleigh Beaver – WBOC, DVFA and Indian River VFC

First responders are often the primary line of defense for you and your family. They respond to an evolving variety of dangerous situations. When it comes to firefighters on Delmarva, many have made a career out of providing assistance at the scene of an emergency, and many others volunteer their service. We can learn about those volunteers who can get involved through the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association (DVFA). Interested in volunteering? Click here. 

Whether you volunteer to fight fires or provide emergency medical services, you will be making a commitment of time to your local Fire Company and community. In any given week, you will spend some time in training, attending meetings, maintaining equipment, and a variety of other duties in addition to going out on calls. While there is no limit to the amount of time you can give, an average weekly commitment can be five to eight hours.

There are plenty of other ways to volunteer as well. Administrative staff help run the corporate side of the Fire Company, Fire Police help with traffic control and scene safety, and Auxiliary members provide valuable support both in front of and behind the scenes. A typical Fire Company is comprised of volunteers of numerous and varying skills, backgrounds, and interests. There are roles, jobs, and things to do available for almost everyone!

Most Fire Companies will require recruits to be local residents. You will have the opportunity to strengthen relationships with local residents and businesses. You will also enjoy developing and building strong bonds with your fellow volunteers throughout the State of Delaware and nearby regions.

To learn more about what it means to volunteer at your local Fire Company and within your community, please contact your local volunteer fire company!  Make A Difference for TOMMORROW – JOIN TODAY!

Recruitment Information:

http://www.delmarvalife.com/covid-19-community-stories/delaware-volunteer-firefighters-association-volunteer-your-services/

https://youtu.be/zj-zW_wpkA0

What It Takes to Volunteer?

Being a volunteer firefighter or auxiliary member is not about what you look like, what degree you have, or where you come from. It is about one thing: heart. Do you have what it takes to serve your community?

Becoming A Volunteer?

If you're ready to serve your community in ways that few can, you have just about everything you need to get started. Your local fire department, the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company, may have some other requirements, such as a background check. But when it comes down to it, volunteering as a first responder is all about having the heart and drive to make a difference where it's needed most.

Experience Volunteer Firefighting

Being a volunteer firefighter is about a lot more than just putting out fires. It’s an opportunity to learn cutting edge skills that prepare you to help members of your community when they need it most.

Learn What You Need On The Job

When you sign up to be a volunteer firefighter or emergency responder, you'll receive all the training you need. Depending on your department's needs and your desire, you'll learn skills to help your community during fires, medical emergencies, and road and air accidents, to highlight few. Check out your local fire department to learn more.

Learn more:

(1) Become a member: http://www.irvfc.com/page/become-a-member .

(2) Recruitment videos:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/59zcntz333y520k/IRFDTHENEED.mp4?dl=0 ,

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hkipoz8repuz5e2/IRFDJUNIOR.mp4?dl=0 ,

https://www.dropbox.com/s/09sj6wya8my3prz/IRFDJAKE_trimmed.mp4?dl=0 ,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GrKTOlCdWk&feature=youtu.be ,

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbhofnrP7-I , and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKX9a2SE5Qk .

(3) Scholarship Information: http://www.irvfc.com/gallery/detail/35132 ,

(4) Delaware Fire Service Facing Volunteer Shortage - Statewide:  http://irvfc.com/gallery/detail?id=37571 , and

(5) National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) Public Service Announcement - Make Me A Firefighter Video: https://youtu.be/dXuSwakbI8Y