How to Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter
Limestone Fire Protection District (LFPD) accepts applications for Volunteer Firefighters on a year-round basis; however, periods for application review, interviewing, and volunteer position offers are held twice annually in January and July.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Must be 18 years of age at appointment. Applicants must successfully complete an LFPD background investigation and oral interview. Individuals should be in good physical health. Should reside within 6 miles of a Limestone station (District map); some exceptions may apply. Attend at least 50% of regularly scheduled training drills, and be active on calls. Recruit volunteer firefighters will be given and must pass a three-month exam that will affirm or disqualify them as a member of the District. Recruit volunteer firefighters must complete NIMS 100,200,700,800 in the first 6 months or they will be terminated.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Under direct supervision of the Line Officer and Chief Officers, the Firefighter’s duties include, but are not limited to: responding to medical calls and fire alarms; perform medical care on persons at the level of Emergency Medical Responder; perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and carry patients from remote and obscure locations. Using skills learned from Firefighter-I training, Firefighters will assist in fire prevention, fire suppression, public education, fire equipment/apparatus maintenance, and fire station upkeep. LFPD Firefighters are required to obtain Firefighter I Certification and Emergency Medical Responder Certification within the first year of service, and to attend all required training.
PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE: Some experience working with a fire department, EMS, and with the public is preferred, but not required.
BACKGROUND, SPECIAL TRAINING, AND SKILLS: Possess a valid State of Oklahoma driver’s license; no felony convictions, criminal record, or pending court cases; U.S. citizen; Oklahoma resident. Individual must be able to demonstrate the physical ability to perform the duties of a Firefighter.
EDUCATION: High School diploma or equivalent.
PHYSICAL WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands and work environments described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. – Employees will regularly be required to stand, walk, sit, talk, hear, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. Also, regularly must be able to bend, stoop, twist, and reach with hands and arms. – An employee will be asked on a regular basis to lift up to 50 pounds. – Vision requirements are close, distance and color vision, peripheral and depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. – Employees will be expected to perform duties outdoors in all types of weather on emergency scenes. – At emergency scenes the employee may be required to lift persons and objects in excess of 100 lbs. – Employees at emergency scenes will be required to work at excessive heights via the use of ladders or lifting devices and will be exposed to excessive heat, cold, wet, and hazardous situations.
TRAINING: Volunteer Firefighters will receive specialized training, including practical hands-on experience and classroom-style lectures covering relevant topics.
BENEFITS: Volunteers are compensated by a stipend program, which includes calls and training classes. The firefighters are also in the Oklahoma State Firefighters Pension and Retirement System, If the requirements are met for entrance into the system by the volunteer.
HOW TO APPLY: Applications for the Volunteer Firefighter position can be obtained online or in-person at Limestone Fire Station #1 – 5262 East Highway 20, Claremore, OK. Applications will be available in the Dispatch Office from 8 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday and should be returned to the same address, Attn: Human Resources. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by the LFPD Chief’s Office who will provide more information about the District and the dates for interviews. If at any time after turning in your application and your personal information, i.e. address, phone number, or name changes, please contact the district office with the changes.
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