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    Hay i was just wondering if you have to live in city where you volunteer. Say I want to volunteer in a city an hour from where i live.

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    Yes, no, and maybe, and not necessarily in that order.

    Residency requirements vary from you have to live there to it doesn't matter where you live, as long as you do the requisite number of hours of in-station shifts.

    Probably the key is going to be whether the department you're interested in uses home response or requires members to do shifts at the station.

    Another factor will be any residency requirements the department or municipality may have.

    The ultimate answer is to contact the department you're interested in joining and ask them.
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    Find out from the department you're interested in and they'll give you the full details. As for where I'm at, you can live anywhere, but there some requirements that have to be met such as training.

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    As the posters have already said, you need to check with the department that you want to join. I have been a member of a department in the late 90's that I lived 30 minutes from, and again in 2008 with another department that was an hour away from.

    My "main" VFD requires members to live within 20 minutes of the station.
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    thanks for the replies, I'll talk to the station.

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    Some departments have a limit to the number of members they can have on their roster.

    If you are going to be ending up as a member of three departments, can you devote equal time to all three when it comes to things like, maintaing the department, training, parades, etc.

    Some departments frown on dual memberships because they have experienced a problem with the way a different department trains and handles a procedure than the way they do. So much so that they require their members not attend other departments training so their membership is trained to handle a situation their particualr way, and not influenced by a different one.

    We have members who are as much as 15 miles away.

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    I'm looking at a few stations that are career/volunteer. So hopefully I can get a permanent job after a few years. Here's hoping.

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    Every department has their own rules, at least in NYS. My dept you have to live in the town to join. You can however move out of town after you join if you're within 1 mile (I think its one, might be more) of the town line or if you work full time in town.

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    Not to hijack the thread but how does that work for you guys living so far away from a dept? Are you working in 1 town and volunteering but living in another and volunteering there as well? I would think on some calls that by the time you made it to the station, the trucks would be on the way back to the station. I know with my dept you have to live with in 8 min to be on the dept so living in a different state or up to an hr away just surprises me I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wbensm View Post
    Not to hijack the thread but how does that work for you guys living so far away from a dept? Are you working in 1 town and volunteering but living in another and volunteering there as well? I would think on some calls that by the time you made it to the station, the trucks would be on the way back to the station. I know with my dept you have to live with in 8 min to be on the dept so living in a different state or up to an hr away just surprises me I guess.
    We have a few that live a distance from the station. Most of the time they dedicate a period of time and stay at the station. We have one guy who lives in Virginia and comes up to run with us for about 1 week a month. In the case of some of the larger departments, specifically in PG county, there is no home response so you stay at the station for a period of time and run whatever comes in.

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    Like Leeland and Box alarm said - go talk to the departments directly --- I know that is quiet a concept in this day and age --- but try it sometime.
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    I'm struggling to understand what you are asking, and the chronology of it all. Let me see if I've got this right. You joined, and are a POC member of the neighboring town's department, and you are asking us if you should also volunteer at your hometown's department? Or, are you asking us if you should switch departments? Also, you state you were 17 when you joined the POC dept, and now a year later you wondering about this? So, you are 18 yrs old, with 1 year of experience/training?

    So, if in fact you are 18, and have only been a member of the POC dept for one year, I would recommend sticking with the POC until you have really learned, and understand the job. Don't get yourself into a position that could become confusing. Continue to learn, and gain experience. You will also be showing some loyalty to those who have thus far put some effort into your developement. At the same time the dept in your home town, which sounds like it's going though a transition, will settle out. Then in a few year you can approach your home town dept. You'll then have some more training, and experience. You'll actually be bringing something to the table.

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    looking at your post I think this was meant for my thread. You pretty much have it right just a few errors.

    I looked at my VFD first and had some problems with it mostly if the leadership
    There is a transition going on a lot of the old leadership is gone.
    I was looking into dual membership and I wanted to get some outside options like I said its not very common here.


    First off thanks for commenting you make a lot of good points. Lets see if I can clear some stuff up and make it easier to understand.
    The point I was trying to get a across was if anyone has went to a neighboring FD instead of there hometown. As far as training I know I am new to the fire service but I have pushed my self in training. I am Firefighter 1/2, Hazmat awareness and ops, First responder (ems) and a rope recuse tech. I know a lot of older guys just right off as just pieces of paper but going out and pushing yourself to become better Firefighter should say something. For now I am sticking with my POC FD and just wondering if anyone else did the same thing.

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    Oops. You're right, I meant to reply to your thread. Don't know I messed this up. Glad you caught it.

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