Thank you for your interest in joining the Arcola Fire Department. Attached is an application for the position of:
As a Volunteer Firefighter for the Arcola Fire Department your primary responsibility will be to respond to a variety of emergencies such as fires, traffic accidents, chemical spills, alarms, and other incidents where there are risks posed to life and property. You must be able to follow the directions and commands of company officers, and be able to work as part of a team. A fire scene often requires a member to be able to lift and maneuver heavy equipment, crawl through hot, smoke-filled and hazardous conditions, and encounter other events that can be both physically and mentally challenging. Because of the job’s physical nature, as a volunteer firefighter you must stay in good physical shape so that fellow firefighters and residents of the town can depend on you during emergency situations. You will also be responsible for the care of the fire vehicles and equipment, as well as the fire station itself.
In order to select the best applicants for this position, it is our duty as a department to conduct a thorough and complete investigation into your personal, professional and private background. It is imperative for you to provide us with a complete, concise and easy to read application form.
Incomplete, erroneous or false information provided on these documents would be grounds for terminating the investigation into your background, thus eliminating you from consideration. Due caution and diligence should be observed in completing this application.
Typically, we review the applications on specific criterion. This criterion is based on the specific needs of the Fire Department. A background investigation will not be commenced until a recommendation is received from the Fire Officers. If selected for consideration, you will be contacted to meet with the Fire Officers. After that meeting, a complete and thorough background check will be conducted. If there are problems with the background you will be contacted. If your background is cleared for membership, you will again be contacted to come to the next Fire Department Business Meeting. At this meeting, prospective members are brought up before the Fire Department for vote. A successful vote affords the applicant conditional membership in the organization. There is a one-year probationary period in which your progress and participation as a member is reviewed at specific intervals during that year.
The application asks for personal information, references, employment history, convictions (if any), contact information, etc. It does take time to complete, so please have your information ready.
Applications are kept on file for one year from the date of receipt. To be considered after the expiration of one year, a new application would need to be completed.
We would like to wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. If you have any other concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to call on us at the Fire Department.
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