Some will say that this is their way to give back to their community, while others may be looking to add some excitement and new challenges to their lives. There are also some that are just searching for the camaraderie that the fire service is known for.
Free training in Firefighting, Rescue, First aid, and CPR.
Your gear and uniform are supplied at no cost.
A full gym located at our Headquarters is available to all of our members at no cost.
Length of Service Award program (LOSAP)
A financial incentive/retirement stipend
As soon as you join the company, you instantly become part of a "brotherhood" or "sisterhood". "Brotherhood" is a word spoken about by the public, but not fully understood until becoming a firefighter. Often, members will have their differences, but when our pagers go off, differences are set aside and we go to work protecting our community.
Active members are those members who wish to respond to emergencies as needed, participate in training, drills and work details. These members are over 18 years of age and have full voting privileges within the department. Workman’s Compensation, life insurance and the volunteer fireman’s benefit laws cover active members. Additionally, members who successfully complete the required number of drills, training and responses to emergencies are enrolled in a Service Awards Program. This program provides “retirement” type benefits to members who have completed a certain number of years of service at age 65.
A prospective member should be warned that the level of commitment is very extensive. A great deal of time is spent on both initial and continuing education. Department drills are regularly scheduled and County and or State training courses are provided and required. These courses are provided in Putnam County as well as the surrounding counties of Westchester, Orange, Rockland and Dutchess.
Within the active membership category are two sub-classifications of active member:
Interior Structural Firefighters are those trained to wear protective clothing, self-contained breathing apparatus and enter burning structures as required. Interior Structural Firefighters must pass an annual department physical.
Exterior Structural Firefighters are those members who still wish to remain active within the department but do not wish to enter burning structures or have not been medically cleared for entry by the department physicians. Training, drills and work details are still a part of this type of member’s responsibilities. Exterior Firefighters are also required to pass a yearly physical.
Junior members are those members 14 to 17 years of age who wish to join the fire company in an active capacity but have not reached an age where it is legally possible to become a full active member. A junior member must have the permission of their parents to join the company and must meet most of the requirements of other active members. Junior members 14 and 15 years of age are not allowed to attend fire department activities after 9 PM and are not allowed in the firehouse without a senior member present. Persons wishing to join as junior members should contact the Chief at (845) 424-3709 or by email the Chief at: email@example.com
Honorary members are those members of the community who have gone “beyond the call of duty” for the betterment of the company. These members include members of other emergency services who have at one time helped our members in our time of need during emergencies. Appointment of honorary membership status is done by the board of directors. These members have no voting privileges but have use of the firehouse facilities.
We are always looking for new volunteers to join our department!
Please feel free to stop by and visit us during our drills. Our training schedule is listed on the calendar page.
You may also submit an application online from the link below and we will reach out to you.
If you have any questions,
please call: (845) 424-4406 or
email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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1616 Route 9
Garrison, NY 10524
Phone: (845) 424-4406
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY - CALL 911