1. Each prospective member must complete and submit a standard fire district application providing personal information, references, and relevant experience (if any). You will also be required to execute authorizations for the district Chief to speak with your references, check your driving records, and conduct a criminal background check. (Note: Effective December 2, 2014, NYS Executive Law §837-o required prospective volunteer firefighters (and current volunteers seeking membership in another fire company) to submit to a non-fingerprint criminal history background check for arson convictions and convictions which require registration as a sex offender. This review is conducted by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department. If you have been convicted of an arson related crime or are required to be registered as a sex offender, you cannot be accepted as a member of any fire company in NYS). You also may decide that you only want to be an EMS responder.
- You must be at least 16 years of age to apply. A statement of parental or guardian consent must accompany an application from anyone under the age of 18 years.
- You must be a citizen of the United States.
- You must be physically, intellectually and emotionally capable of performing the duties according to your area of assignment.
2. The application for membership will be read for the first time at the next fire commission meeting after the application is received.
3. The applicant will be contacted to schedule an interview with the District Chief or a Deputy Chief.
- In the interview, you will be asked questions like:
- What attracted you to our agency?
- Which station do you want to be assigned to?
- What work experience do you have?
- What skills, experience or knowledge do you feel you have to contribute?
- What are your strengths?
- Do you have previous volunteer experience?
- What would you like to get out of volunteering here?
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
- Do you like to work on your own, with a group or with a partner?
- What questions and/or concerns do you have about becoming a firefighter and/or medical 1st responder?
While we are not looking for ‘canned answers,’ we hope that you will give these questions some thought and be prepared with your responses. Based on information from the interview and application process, reference investigations and the outcome of background checks, the District Chief will make his recommendation to the Fire Commission at the next meeting following the applicant interview.
4. A majority vote by the Fire Commission will determine whether applicants are accepted. If accepted, the new member will be notified to report to the fire station to be sworn in and complete follow-up processing. If not accepted, the applicant will be notified accordingly.