EMERGENCIES -DIAL 9-1-1
|Student Recruitment Program|
|Friday, 27 July 2007 10:37|
Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department Seeking Students
The Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department has a continually running Student Recruitment Program. Students; primarily those who are majoring in Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Science, or other related field at the University of Maryland or other area colleges; have the opportunity to apply for membership with our department. We are particularly interested in those wishing to partake in our live-in program, however live-in status is not a requirement. In return for this opportunity, the students participate as active firefighters and EMT’s. This will not only aid in our staffing, but may serve to alleviate a financial burden for some students.
What do the students gain? The students take what they have learned in their fire service training/education and apply it through experience responding with our department. The students also gain responsibility, independence, the ability to work as a team, and many other traits that will help them to be successful in their fire service career.
What are the requirements to be a part of the program?
What does the department provide for the student?
The program is directed by a Membership Committee and the Chiefs of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department. The initial application process includes a background check and typically takes between 2 to 4 weeks. During this period of time, new members are encouraged to participate in other department activities and to get to know their fellow firefighters. New members are required to complete training provided by the Prince George's County Fire Department, Maryland Fire and Rescue and Institute and other training agencies. Training includes Firefighter I and Emegency Medical Technician as a minimum, both of which must be obtained within 36 months. Of course, if you have prior training in the fire service, we do offer reciprocity and equivilencies where they are appropriate.
While we do not require our members to commit to a "duty night", participation between the hours from 3-11 p.m. weekdays, an occasional weekend, and a sleep-in once or twice a month is appreciated.
There are many opportunities for advancement and responsibility in the department, all it takes is determination and dedication.
Addidtional benefits of becoming a member of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department include:
If you are a hard worker, a good student, willing to serve your fellow citizens, and love to run fire/medical calls (1000 + a year), then we may have a place for you. If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please contact our Membership Committee or fill in this online form.
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