Serve Others

JOIN US

Training. Skills. Confidence. 

How

In Person or fill out our online application.

When

Training is held every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30pm. No appointment needed, please stop by and inquire.

Training Offered

  • BLS (Basic Life Support)
  • First Responder
  • EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
  • Fire Fighter Level 1
  • Fire Fighter Level 2

Our Goal

To build a department of dedicated volunteers who enjoy helping others, solving problems and being a team.
If we are to have faith that mankind will survive and thrive on the face of the earth, we must believe that each succeeding generation will be wiser than its progenitors.
When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work.
Chief Edward F. Croker

What does it take to be a firefighter

When someone decides they want to become a firefighter, they are searching for a very rewarding career. Being a firefighter means you want to help people and be a big part of your community. It's not just putting out fires or saving lives, it is the constant caring about people and their health and making the community a better and safer place to live. This is a career you will not dislike going to work, you will look forward to going to work every day. Being a firefighter means that you become part of a huge and caring family. The job is a very long term commitment and usually ends up being a life long passion. They are a firefighter for the long term duration and never get tired of saving lives.

A firefighter has a lot of pride and satisfaction in their work and just feels good about what they do.

The decision to become a firefighter is one that has to take careful consideration; you must be very dedicated to the choice you make. A firefighter must have a lot of courage and want to risk their lives to save other people. You must be unselfish and devoted. Becoming a firefighter is not an easy task, it takes long hours studying and training. When training to become a firefighter you must train with the most effectiveness as possible. For the men and women who have become a firefighter, the rewards of saving lives and touching so many lives is more gratifying to them than the long hours they may be subjected to. Firefighters take on a lot of physical and psychological exams and go through an extensive criminal and background check just to get accepted into the program. It's not just a basic job that you simply fill out an application, have an interview and get the job.

A firefighter has to have certain characteristics to be considered into the program. They have to be able to work well with others and take orders without attitude. They need to be very flexible and self motivated. A firefighter needs to be able to handle a lot of stress and stay calm when situations are dangerous and threatening. The most important quality they search for when looking for firefighters is the ability to be empathic toward others and be able to be supportive when things are falling apart.

Some of the daily responsibilities include responding to incidents involving emergency calls, watch duty which includes manning the phones and notifying all parties when and emergency call comes in. A firefighter is also responsible for on scene communication which provides complete coordination of all firefighter personnel during their arrival to the scene and during the emergency. Another responsibility involves driving the fire trucks to and from the emergency scenes and operating the emergency apparatus of the fire truck. That is why it is important to have an outstanding driving record and no previous incidences. The firefighter has to be an outstanding citizen in all areas, not just with a driving record.

A firefighter must learn and perfect the pump operations of the fire truck and fire hydrant; including hoses, spanner wrenches and knowing the proper pressure and volume that should be used. Being properly trained on all fire extinguishers and what types are used for each type of fire you come in contact with. Learning the mechanical and manual operation of all ladders on the fire trucks and how to properly handle them when raising them and lowering them. Another very important task they must master is how to properly force entry into buildings that are on fire and the proper way to determine which entry is safe and not safe.

Arcola Volunteer Fire Department  |  11329 Railroad Street  |  Arcola  |  IN  |  46704  |  U.S.A.