From press and staff reports
The Louisville Fire Department is in the process of recruiting volunteers to join their workforce. They are looking for persons who have the desire to serve Winston County as firefighters, safety educators, and more.
The department has seen a recent drop in volunteers due to various reasons. With the loss of volunteers, it was necessary for the LFD to find people to replace them, as well as increase the total number of volunteers overall.
The importance of volunteer firefighters is sometimes taken for granted. However, many do not know that over 70 percent of firefighters of a fire department are volunteers. Not only the LFD, but also the nation depends on these men and women to be the first line of defense against fires, medical incidents, terrorist threats, natural disasters, and other emergencies.
The LFD needs both first responders and non-emergency volunteers to help protect the communities of Louisville and Winston County and to save lives.
Volunteer firefighting is a very rewarding and valuable way to serve the community. It takes dedication and many hours of training (which is provided) to become a firefighter. If a person is willing to put in the time and effort, the department is ready for them to serve. Below you’ll find resources and frequently asked questions about becoming a volunteer, as well as the first basic steps you might take toward volunteering.
• Make sure you’re ready to commit. Making the decision to become a volunteer firefighter should not be taken lightly. It requires hundreds of hours of training and a strong commitment to service.
• Call your local fire station’s non-emergency number and ask to speak with the station officer. Tell him or her that you’re interested in becoming a volunteer and ask what your next step should be. They should be able to direct you to the best resources and people to help you. Often, departments will allow you to ride along on their apparatus to let you make a more informed decision about whether volunteer fire fighting is right for you.
• After you join, the department will usually enter you in a training program. The length varies, but all firefighters are required to take a minimum 110-hour NFPA-certified course.
If you are interested in making a difference and helping your community by volunteering with the LFD, call 662-773-9402 or come by the station and pick up an application at 304 South Spring Ave. in Louisville.