Why Volunteer?

Give back to your community!
 
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Volunteer Overview

The Seal Rock Fire Department welcomes new volunteers. Our membership is not limited to people with fire-related experience. Our volunteers bring a broad scope of experience to the department. We offer an extensive training program, which qualifies our volunteers to respond to a wide range of calls, including medical; motor vehicle accidents; structure fires and grass fires; citizen assists, and more.

In addition to responding to calls for assistance, the Seal Rock Fire Department is active in the community. We participate in an annual food drive called "Operation Santa Claus" for the benefit of South County families and the South Lincoln County Food Bank. We host an annual awards banquet to recognize our members for extraordinary achievements throughout the year, and we enjoy an annual picnic with our friends and families.

Being a volunteer with the fire department is an interesting, educational, and satisfying way to serve your community – and it's fun! Join the Seal Rock Fire Department and enjoy the challenge and sense of accomplishment that comes from mastering new skills, and the friendships that come with working together to help your neighbors.

 
What does it mean to be a volunteer firefighter or emergency medical services (EMS) provider?

  • For some, it is a way to give back to their communities.
  • For others, it is a way to move into a paid job in the fire or EMS field.
  • Others see it as a way to meet friends and interact with a group of individuals who are motivated to come together to help one another.
  • It is responding at all hours of the night and day to any number of emergencies.
  • It is the challenge of remembering how to cut a car apart or gain access to a burning home.
  • It is seeing your fellow humans at their worst and looking to you to help them through an event that forever will be in their memory.
  • It is something you will never regret doing.
 

 

Firefighter Training

Almost without exception, all of your training and equipment to become a firefighter is paid for by the agency. Some pay for or reimburse the cost for emergency medical technician (EMT) training.

The majority of fire departments in Oregon train to the Firefighter I standard. This level of training says you are certified to enter a burning structure without direct supervision. This does not mean that you enter the building alone, just that you do not need a supervisor (officer) with you.

To reach this level takes about 80 hours usually over the course of six to twelve months. This is known as your recruit training and includes CPR, Haz Mat Awareness and Operations, Blood and Air Born pathogens as well as all the sections of fire suppression that allow you to respond within the guidelines of the Occupation Safety Health Association (OSHA), Department of Health EMS and Trauma Section and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) as they pertain to firefighting and the delivery of emergency medical services.

The hours you dedicate to this most noble profession are dependent on the number of calls your local agency responds to and their training structure. Many departments are involved in a number of civic and fundraising activities while others are not. Some agencies respond to thousands of calls per year while others only 50. Our agency allows those interested in specialized skills to respond to those type of calls, medical, water rescue, auto extrication or fire calls. Whatever your talents or interest, there is a place here at Seal Rock Fire for you. Contact us for more information – you'll be glad you did.

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