If you are reading this list, chances are pretty good that you have likely been considering becoming a volunteer firefighter. You are probably looking for any reason to justify taking the next big step. Hopefully, the following four reasons will provide you all the justification you need. However, if you might be doubting yourself, rest assured that anyone can do it. I am one such example.

Reason 1: Anybody Can Do It (Including You)

Christopher Lord (Right) and his brother pose in their Jr. Firefighter gear.

Growing up, I was one of those kids who had one day dreamed of becoming a firefighter. It was because of my noticeable scrawny build and geeky tendencies that I had skidded onto the computer and technology road, bypassing any opportunity to — at the very least — get involved in my local fire department.

It was not until after I received my bachelor’s degree in business technology operations management, and worked in the financial technology industry for several years that I, once again felt the fiery itch to get involved in firefighting.

Thousands of people from all across the United States choose to volunteer. These people are your teachers, software engineers, business owners and tradespeople, all with various skills and backgrounds. It is also worth noting that even our country’s founders served in some capacity as volunteer firemen.

To learn more, check out the following animation video created by an animator, who also serves his community as a volunteer firefighter.

There are plenty of reasons why you should consider volunteering for your local fire department. To be clear, though we have only listed three, everyone has their reasoning for getting involved.

Reason 2: Expand Your Skill Set and Knowledge

Instructor teaches CPR to a provider.

If you happen to enjoy learning new and valuable skills, getting involved in your local fire department is the perfect fit for you. Best of all, every skill that I have learned while serving as a volunteer firefighter have been transferable outside of my firefighting capacity.

In my relatively short firefighter career, I have sharpened my leadership skills, critical thinking, problem-solving and interpersonal capabilities. My confidence in myself has improved dramatically. I have also discovered that my work ethic has improved.

All of the above skills and attributes are important when working with a volunteer department, but above all, they are applicable even outside of the walls of the big red barn. Without a doubt, I have grown as a responsible citizen brimming with confidence and excellent work ethic.

Reason 3: Helping Others in Need

Howland Fire Provides Mutual Aid to Lagrange Fire, setting up a drafting location.

Howland Fire Provides Mutual Aid to Lagrange Fire

If you are like myself, I have always tended to others when the need should arise. For some of us, providing comfort to others is ingrained in our DNA. You can call me old fashioned, but I am the guy who enjoys holding doors for others, helping granny cross the road, and helping others in distress.

In the firefighting and EMS world, your sole job is to help people who are having really bad days. During these bad days, you are afforded the opportunity to make an effort to provide some level of compassion and support.

Reason 4: Contribute to Your Community

Chris Butler teaches kids from the community about forestry fire gear.

The community of which I reside is of great importance to me. It is where I wish to raise a family, build friendships and make a perfect place for everyone else to live. Volunteering for my local fire and EMS department is one such way which I can do just that.

It is not uncommon for a family to stop by the station and tour the trucks and living quarters. It affords us the opportunity to educate and inform residents of the services we offer and how to plan for and prevent emergencies.

Wrapping Up

Anybody can do this job. Thousands of people from all across the United States choose to volunteer. These people are your teachers, software engineers, business owners and tradespeople by day, all with various skills and backgrounds.

If you happen to enjoy learning new, valuable skills, becoming a volunteer firefighter is the perfect fit for you. Best of all, every skill that I have learned while serving as a firefighter have been transferable outside of my firefighting capacity. Above all, you can be sure that anyone can learn this career. Including you. So, what are you waiting for?

 

 

 

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