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.
The following questions and answers may be helpful:
Q – What do firefighters do?
A – Members of the North Cedar Fire Department provide a wide range of services to the community including fire suppression, emergency medical response, motor vehicle rescue, swift water rescue, technical rope rescue as well as delivering fire prevention and public education programs.
Q – What are the requirements to be a firefighter?
A – To be eligible to be a member of the North Cedar Fire Department, you must be at least 19 years of age, must live within the fire protection boundaries, possess a current valid class 5 driver’s license, have a clear criminal record and be physically capable of performing the duties of a firefighter.
Q – Are firefighters paid?
A – Member of the North Cedar Fire Department receive an hourly honoraria for attending call outs and are also paid a flat honoraria for attending training sessions and being on standby.
Q – How much time will I need to commit to?
A – The time commitment for call outs varies. Generally call out times are less than one hour but can be up to several hours. Members are expected to attend scheduled two hour training sessions on Tuesday evenings as well as other periodic training sessions on weekends.
Q – Do I have to pay for training or clothing?
A – No. All costs associated with training members will be paid for by the department and all required protective clothing will be provided.
Q – How often does the department hire?
A – The decision to bring on new members is dependent on the current number of active members. Typically the department runs with a roster of 30 to 35 members but may fluctuate up or down given the needs of the department. Hiring is usually done once a year in the fall but applications are reviewed when received. If there is no hiring at the time of application, the applicant will be notified and the application will be kept on file until the next hire.
Q – What is the process for making an application for membership?
A – Individuals wishing to become members of the North Cedar Fire Department need to start by filling out an application form and submitting it to the fire department. Once the application has been received, it will be reviewed and if all requirements are met and the department is hiring, the applicant will be notified to attend an interview. If successful in the interview, the applicant will be asked to complete a medical exam, provide a drivers abstract and provide a criminal records check. Upon successfully meeting all the criteria, the applicant may be offered membership as a probationary firefighter with the department.