of kids dream of becoming a firefighter when they grow up. However, not as many
actually do. If you still have dreams of fighting fires and protecting your
community, becoming a volunteer firefighter might be the right path for you.
Becoming a volunteer
firefighter requires extensive training, hard work and dedication to the
community. The City of Macclenny relies on volunteer firefighters to respond
quickly to emergencies, to perform firefighting duties and to provide assistance
and support to career firefighters. And although volunteer firefighters receive
little monetary compensation for their efforts, the chance to aid and
serve the community is an extremely rewarding experience.
If you are interested in
becoming a volunteer firefighter, the first thing you need to do is contact the
Macclenny Fire and Rescue Department. Someone at the department can then guide
you through the requirements and application process. Keep in mind that
volunteer firefighters often respond to emergencies from their home or work,
and therefore must have a good driving record. You must also be in good
physical condition if you are thinking of volunteering. Volunteer firefighters
must perform some of the same tasks as their career firefighter counterparts.
Some of those tasks require heavy lifting, crawling through tight spaces and
moving quickly in heavy protective clothing and gear.
Be aware that volunteer
firefighting can be a dangerous job that requires facing life or death
situations. You should be able to stay calm, cool and collected in the heat of
While specific duties
may vary, many of a volunteer firefighter's duties are the same as those
performed by a career firefighter. Even though volunteer firefighters do not
live and work in a firehouse like career firefighters, they carry out the same
kinds of emergency response duties and non-emergency tasks.
duties are both challenging and physical. In emergency situations, volunteer
firefighters should expect to extinguish and prevent fires as well as
administer first aid. Duties also include rescuing victims from cars or
buildings, carrying fire hoses up stairs or ladders, and breaking down doors.
Volunteer firefighters usually perform all of these tasks while wearing heavy
protective clothing in dangerous, smoky and hot environments.
firefighters do not spend all of their time under pressure in dangerous
emergency situations. Non-emergency tasks include performing various routine
tasks around the firehouse, such as maintaining the building facilities and
emergency vehicles and giving firehouse tours. Volunteer firefighters must also
set aside time for further training so they can practice and thoroughly
understand firefighting procedures, operational techniques and first aid
methods. There are many requirements you must meet in order to become a
volunteer firefighter. MFRD requires its volunteers to hold a Firefighter 1
certification (160 hours) and a first responder certification (40 hours).
The typical application process begins with a
few standard qualifications. MFRD requires that you be at least 18 years of age
or older and have a valid driver's license from the state in which you
live as well as the legal right to work in the U.S. You should also have a high
school diploma or equivalent schooling. MFRD also prefers that you live within
the city limits, although some exceptions may be made.
After you meet these
initial requirements, you will go through the interview process, undergo a
background check and complete a physical test. Be prepared to lift up to 70
lbs, drag up to 180 lbs and crawl through tight spaces in full firefighting
When you have passed the
physical test, you will need to complete a required number of training
hours. After your training is complete, you should have open availability for
any firefighting needs as they arise. Your position as a volunteer firefighter
requires that you be responsible and dedicated to serving your community.