Dear Ester Volunteer Fire Department Candidate,
Before you fill out an application to become a member of the Ester Volunteer Fire Department, there are a few items to consider. When you become a volunteer firefighter, you are making a commitment to your fellow firefighters, to our department, and to the citizens of our fire service area. To help you better assess whether you are ready to make this commitment, you should ask yourself the following:
- Am I willing to commit to attending departmental training sessions? (We train EVERY Tuesday evening for 3 hours at the station. We also require several Saturday training sessions throughout the year, normally 4 Saturdays for at least 12 hours that day.)
- Am I willing to respond to calls when I am available?
- Am I willing to respond to calls that occur at difficult hours? (Many calls can happen at inopportune times, such as 2:00am.)
- Am I willing to donate my time for other areas of the department such as; fundraisers, work parties, career days at area schools, or whatever other duties might be required?
- Will the department and my fellow firefighters be able to depend on me to become a valuable member of the Ester Volunteer Fire Family?
If you answered, “Yes,” please complete an application by clicking here, come by and visit us.
If you answered, “No,” to any of these questions or have any doubts, it doesn’t mean you aren’t cut out for this. You might want to come down in person and check us out and talk to some of the firefighters, observe some training and give it some more thought.
Our department is comprised of mostly of volunteers, Resident firefighters and a paid full-time staff. We provide an ESSENTIAL service to our community and they are depending on us. Our department relies on our members to respond to ALL emergencies when possible. Without a strong commitment by each member, our team, our department, will not be able to provide this service.