Learn more about becoming a volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering, but are not sure about where to go or what you could do, please feel free to stop by one of our weekly meetings on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. to talk with us, email us, or give us a call. Just because you may not feel comfortable with some aspects of what we do, it does not mean we may not have somewhere you can help us. We are a fully functioning Non-Profit business. Whether it’s firefighting, medical, or business, your talents and expertise can be utilized and will be greatly appreciated.
General information about being a volunteer firefighter
- We are on call 24 hours a day/7 days a week. If we can respond, we do. If we can't, we don't. We all have jobs and families, and completely understand that not everyone can respond all the time - yet, we appreciate all the help we can get.
- Our department trains every Thursday evening at 7pm. There are a minimum number of training hours required each year to stay on our roster. This is to protect our firefighters and those we respond to by assuring that everyone is properly prepared for our responses.
- Trainings include fun and exciting activities like cutting apart cars, chainsaw training, ropes and rescues, driving the varying fire trucks, operating the pumps to supply water, and of course, fighting fire.
- The majority of our calls are actually medical rather than fire. We also have a high number of Search & Rescue (SAR) calls in our district within Pisgah National Forest. In addition to medical, SAR, structure fires, and wild fires, we also respond to automobile accidents, downed trees, power lines down, and provide mutual aid to our surrounding districts for all of the above.
- We also need volunteers to assist with tasks such as serving on our Board of Directors, office duties, fundraising, community education, and much more.
- To become a certified firefighter, trainings are offered locally and certified by the State of NC. All of our trainings are paid for by our department, and include speciality opportunities such as EMT, SAR, Rescue Technicians, Swift Water Rescue, and many more.
- In our area, we estimate that when 911 is called for any emergency, an average of 80% of those responding to assist are volunteer.
- Those that volunteer to assist have been steadily declining over the years, and yet funding to support paid staff has not caught up with that demand.
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