Do departments allow you to volunteer at their stations while in the hiring process or should I just wait it out and just keep working out?
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03-20-2011, 06:30 PM #1
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- Dec 2010
- Haughton, LA
Volunteering while trying to get hiredUnit 71 - Probationary Firefighter / First Responder
Bossier Parish Fire District #1
03-20-2011, 06:46 PM #2
- Join Date
- Jul 1999
- Rural Wisconsin, work in the burbs of Milwaukee
Volunteer, if nothing else it will let you know if you have what it takes to be a firefighter, OR if it is what you even want to do.“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” Leo F. Buscaglia
This place gets weirder and weirder every day...
03-20-2011, 06:56 PM #3
If you're asking if you can volunteer with the same department you want to work for one day, yes, we have a lot of people in this area that do that as a way of getting your foot in the door.Career Fire Lieutenant
Volunteer Chief Officer
Never taking for granted that I'm privilged enough to have the greatest job in the world!
03-20-2011, 08:10 PM #4
That is what I did - I started off as a volunteer with my department, and am now going full time at the end of the month. The last three people hired on were originally volunteers.
I would think it would be encouraged to volunteer while in the process because that way they could get to know you better.Brian Irey
My comments are mine and mine alone - they do not represent any thoughts or views of my department or anyone else
03-20-2011, 10:24 PM #5
A fully career department obviously doesn't have any volunteers, so you'll need to find another department to volunteer with.Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.
Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.
03-20-2011, 11:52 PM #6
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- Apr 2009
- SW Missouri
Everyone of our career people have been a volunteer somewhere. About 90% have been volunteers for us. Over the years we have had several of our volunteers become paid elsewhere as well.
03-21-2011, 03:40 PM #7
At my vollie house, after a few years I was offered a part time job. Get the experience and enjoy the time!Just because it's called a throw bag, doesn't mean you throw the whole bag... you're supposed to hold onto the rope.
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