For those who are interested in becoming a member of the North Cedar Fire Department, the following information will be helpful in determining if firefighting is for you.
Working in todays’ fire service is one of the most challenging and rewarding career choices an individual can make. By nature, firefighters want to help people within the community and being a member of the fire department is an excellent way to do so. The North Cedar Fire Department members work and train as a team and the members are truly a family.
The North Cedar Fire Department operates a “Paid on Call” model or what is more commonly known as a volunteer service. This means that members do not work at the fire hall on a full time basis but rather respond to calls when alerted by pager 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As well as attending emergency call outs, members are also expected to attend scheduled training sessions, assist with the delivery of fire prevention and public education programs and help with community events and fund raisers.
Being a member of the fire department can be extremely rewarding but it takes some serious commitment and may not be for everyone. Firefighting is very mentally challenging and physically demanding and those considering applying to be a member must understand that you will be asked to perform in what may often be stressful or dangerous conditions.
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