Being a member of the Goodson/Kinderhook Vol. Fire Department is a great opportunity to better yourself and to give back to the community. There are many benefits to becoming a volunteer as well. You can do firefighting, EMS, or both. You will obtain training in Fire and/or EMS and obtain the skills and experience in the field which can open doors to career opportunities. Being a member of a volunteer organization also looks good and is something you can add to your resume. If you are a resident of Washington County VA., you also recieve a discount on your personal property tax on one vehicle. Being a member also allows you to fellowship with men and women who share a lot of the same interests as you and grow strong friendships.
To become a member you have to be at least 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license. Once you complete a background check you are elgible for membership. Once you are elgible for membership you will be placed on a 180 day probation period. During your pobation you have to be able to complete a training program consisting of EVDT (Emegergency Vehicle Driver Training), CPR, and you have to obtain a Fire Fighter 1 certification and/or a EMT-Basic certifiction within your first year of service. After you receive the required training you can take other available trainings and advance your current training at your own pace or will. A member has to be able to pull two eight hour shifts a month (day or night) and be in attendance of our regular monthly buisness meetings and drills (work & school excusable).
Dont think that firefighting or EMS is what you want to do? Our Auxilary has multiple volunteer areas as well. They act as a support unit for our firefighters and EMT's and come up with and hold a lot of our fundraisers for our department. Auxilary members do not have to uphold as many requirements as the Fire Departments membership.
If you want to make a difference, can fulfill the requirments above and be part of our orginiztion, fill out our short online application to the right and someone will contact you.
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19864 Benhams Rd.
Bristol, VA. 24202