Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
There are those common questions that it seems like every member asks at one time or another. Here we've listed some of the more common ones. Of course, asking questions is always encouraged.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO DRIVE THE TRUCKS?
ALL MEMBERS must be 21 years of age, possess a current driver's license and have taken the required EVOC and Vanessa K. Free training. There is a packet that outlines the additional requirements for each vehicle. Probationary members are not allowed to drive trucks.
- Rescue 809
Medically trained members (First Responder or higher) may drive the department's first response unit after obtaining their EVOC, Vanessa K. Free training and being released by their captain. Additionally he or she should have knowledge of all the equipment carried onboard and how to properly use it.
- Brush 808
A member may drive the brush unit after obtaining their EVOC, Vanesssa K. Free training and demonstrate the ability to operate the truck for their captain. Additionally he or she should have knowledge of all the equipment carried onboard and how to properly use it.
- Engine 805, 806 or 807
A member must obtain their EVOC, Vanessa K. Free training, Pump Class and have demonstrate the ability to drive and operate these trucks for their captain. Additionally he or she should have knowledge of all the equipment carried onboard and know how to properly use it.
WILL THE DEPARTMENT PAY FOR ME TO TAKE CLASSES?
In most cases, yes. Any class we offer in-house we will pay for, however if the class is somewhere else there are some stipulations.
- The class needs to make sense for the department. We won't pay for a dive rescue class considering we have only creeks in our service area.
- We may ask you to write the department a check for the amount of the class which we'll hold until the day of the class and return upon your attendance. If you don't show, the check is cashed.
- If you're a new member, and the department has to pay for your seat (not a flat fee) in the class, you will have to pay for it and will be reimbursed after your probationary period.
Of course, any member may ask the board for an exception to these policies.
HOW DO I GET FIREFIGHTER TAGS?
At the first of the year a list of members is submitted to the county's tag offices. When you go to renew your tags you should tell them what department you're with and then they'll check the list. If you reside outside of Sullivan County the procedure is different. Probationary members may not obtain tags.
WHEN WILL I GET MY EQUIPMENT?
Firefighting gear is expensive and is issued as available. Probationary members are not guaranteed equipment until after their probationary period is completed, however some equipment may be temporarily issued for training purposes. Members who participate the most in department activities will receive a higher priority than those who don't.
WHAT IF I CAN'T PULL MY DUTY SHIFT?
If you miss three consecutive duties you may be placed on the inactive roster and your equipment can be reassigned to a more active member. Of course if you see you are not going to be able to pull duty, you should notify your captain. Communication is key! We're reasonable and understand that things happen and most absences can be excused. If you see you aren't going to be able to stay for an extended period of time we recommend you take a leave of absence. Leaves are granted for no longer than one year.
WHY AM I NOT CLASSIFIED AS A FIREFIGHTER?
Chances are its because you're not doing the minimum that is required. The state places standards on the department which dictate how we classify members. If a member is not pursuing his state firefighter certification, and isn't grandfathered in, we simply can't classify you as a firefighter. Becoming a certified firefighter is hard work and its not fair to those who are putting forth the effort to have the same title of those who aren't.
HOW DO I BECOME A BOARD MEMBER?
The board of directors is the governing body of the department. The membership of the department nominates and votes on the board annually. Members must be a member of the department for 1 year to be eligible. Each year three board positions are voted on.
HOW DO I BECOME AN OFFICER?
A list of the officer positions are available in the SOGs, along with their requirements. Most of the officer positions are appointed by the Chief. Captains appoint their own Lieutenants. The Chief is nominated by the department and appointed by the board of directors. Typically the officers of the department are the members who attend most of the trainings, pull their duty shifts regularly and respond to most of the calls. Typically they're the most active members in the department. Officer positions are not positions of entitlement.