Volunteering

Volunteering

Leland Fire/Rescue is constantly looking for qualified volunteers to fill its ranks. The application process is simple and most of the firefighter training is provided through our direct delivery agency. Other training is provided by local community colleges at no or reduced cost to the members. The department offers very diverse opportunities in fire/rescue operations (ages 18 and up), emergency medical services (ages 18 and up) and fire corps for persons looking to help the community but not interested in Fire or EMS. See below for the application process and membership benefits.

All members receive the following benefits:
  • Membership in the North Carolina Association of Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (Must meet training guidelines.)
  • Membership in the North Carolina Fireman’s Association (Must meet training guidelines.)
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Able to apply for AFLAC at your expense
  • Membership to Local Government Credit Union
  • $25,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance (good 24/7/365)
  • $50,000 Life Insurance Policy (good 24/7/365) (after completion of the introductory period)

Fire Applicant: Shall be able to pass a Physical Agility Test and willing to become a certified Firefighter within two (2) years if not certified at time of application.

EMS Applicant: Shall be credentialed at the NC EMT-Basic Level or above.

Fire Corps helps departments build more capacity by connecting them to community volunteers who can assist in a variety of non-emergency roles. If you want to make a difference in your community fire department, join our team of Fire Corps Volunteers by contacting Ronnie Hayes, Fire Corps Coordinator, at (910) 371-2727 or at /volunteer.

To learn more about this opportunity and read about how community members and departments nationwide are benefiting from Fire Corps, click here.

What is Fire Corps?

Fire Corps is the key component of Citizen Corps that supports and supplements resource constrained fire and EMS departments through the use of citizen advocates for non-operational activities. Fire Corps is coordinated nationally through a collaborative partnership of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer Combination Officers Section, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the National Volunteer Fire Council, and the U.S. Fire Administration.

Focus on CITIZENS

Citizen advocates who aid departments in non-operational activities allow first responders to focus their efforts on being prepared for and responding to the most critical, life-threatening situations. Everyone can do something to support their local fire and emergency service departments. Here are some suggestions gathered from America’s own first responders for possible Fire Corps program activities:

  • During times of heightened national security alerts, assist in planning for quick access to stocks of emergency supplies, shelter readiness, and procedures review
  • Promote fire safety and prevention in schools and homes
  • Develop websites and computer programs for the department
  • Provide back up support during major events when response agencies may be overwhelmed
  • Assist with incident reporting and entering statistical data
  • Help write grant applications
  • Assist with public relations
  • Organize fundraising initiatives
  • Assist with youth mentoring programs
  • Check and install smoke alarms for low income families or for people with disabilities
  • Provide administrative and clerical support
  • Assist with canteen services at major incidents
  • Assist with typing reports, answering telephone calls, managing records, and other office tasks
  • Assist with mitigation measures: wildland vegetation removal near structures, floodproofing, or non-structural earthquake resistant measures
  • Assist community programs, such as roadside cleanup, food drives, and toy collections for families in need
  • Provide foreign language translation of safety literature and outreach materials
  • Offer to serve in a department’s auxiliary
  • Help to improve understanding of specialized fire/EMS services such as hazardous materials response, urban search and rescue (USAR), youth services, water/mountain rescue, billing services, etc.
  • Develop informational newsletters to include holiday or seasonal fire safety & prevention messages
  • Members of the faith-based community can provide counseling and other services

Source: http://lelandfireandrescue.bluetonemedia.com/Images/lelandfireandrescue/pdfs/fire-corp-slimjim.pdf

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