Ask any volunteer firefighter what motivated them to join and chances are you’ll get varying responses.
For some, it’s the adrenaline rush of fighting and beating a treacherous blaze. For others, it’s all about serving and helping their community, or the sense of belonging they receive from being with other likeminded individuals.
Perhaps the biggest reward — and one that makes all the training and sacrifice worthwhile — is knowing that you have been able to help and comfort someone during their time of need.
Depending upon the department that you join, additional benefits may include:
- Property tax offsets
- Admittance to the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP), which provides monthly income payable during retirement years, as well as a disability and death benefits.
- Life insurance plans
- The chance to learn lifetime skills such as knot tying, how to run power tools, climb ladders, which fire extinguisher to use, as well as other safe fire habits
- Education scholarships and partnerships with Schenectady County Community College’s (fire science program)
- Discounted/free fire hall and picnic facility rentals
- Free health checkups
- Sense of family knowing that the person next to you will always have your back during a crisis
For detailed benefits, speak with the recruitment coordinator at your local volunteer fire department.